Michael Sheill, class '50
Michael Sheill, Ballymoon House, Bagenalstown, who went to his eternal reward 20 December 2006 was the eldest son in a family of six, two brothers and four sisters born to the late John and Mrs.Angela Sheill who had extensive business and farming interests in Bagenalstown. He was born in the Market Square and educated at Castleknock College. On leaving college he returned home and worked in one of the family businesses, Paul Kehoes in High Street, Bagenalstown. In June 1958 Michael married Mary Hogan, Kilcarrig Street, in St. Michael’s Church, Dunlaoghaire. After their honeymoon the young couple returned to live in Ballymoon House and carry on the family farming tradition. Michael loved nature, the environment, and animals, particularly horses and cattle. He also bred many types of exotic birds. He was a great cattle man and exhibited Aberdeen Angus at the annual Spring Show in Ballsbridge, Dublin where he won many prizes.
Michael and his wife Mary loved ballroom dancing and were regulars at the Ritz Ballroom, Carlow. He was a man of simple tastes and in the evening he liked nothing better than a pint of Guinness with his friends in Lawlor’s, Kilcarrig Street Michael suffered a stroke when he was 67 and made a good recovery but when he had a second stroke at the age of 69 he moved into Beechwood Nursing Home, Leighlinbridge However, until his final weeks he was able to go home every day and enjoy life with Mary and his family.
Michael was a very charismatic and caring man, he had a cheerful word for everyone, especially the residents in Beechwood, the staff and visitors. He was always in good spirits and never complained and he enriched the lives of everyone ho met him with his good humour and ready wit. He is sadly missed and remembered with great fondness by everyone in Beechwood and in his community where he was highly respected and very popular.
Michael’s funeral Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Declan Foley C.C. Bagenalstown and Fr. Tom Jordan. Michael is mourned and survived by his beloved wife, Mary, sons Michael (Tunbridge Wells, Kent), Paul (Bagenalstown); daughters Mrs. Sandra Steel (Hampshire); daughter-in-law Margaret; son-in-law Andy; grandchildren Leanne, Gavin, Sarah-Jane and Alanna; brother John (Cork); sisters Mrs. Brenda Ryan (Dublin), Mrs. Marjorie Hannigan (Dublin), Mrs. Pat Reynolds (USA), Mrs. Angela Kelly (Ballybar, Carlow); brothers-in-law Tom, Jimmy and Frank, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a wide circle of friends He is also mourned and fondly remembered by Eileen, staff and residents in Beechwood Nursing Home.
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