Friday, November 11, 2022

By Charlie Keegan

JAMES (Jim) Moran, ‘Erinville Place’, Green Lane, Carlow, whose death occurred peacefully on Tuesday 11 October in the loving care of the doctors and nurses at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, was a carpenter by trade who undertook the building of a number of one-off houses in Carlow and Limerick. He was in his 91st year.

Jim was a native of Baltinglass in west Wicklow, where he was reared by his grandparents before coming to live in the Courthouse, Carlow during his teens.

As a young man, Jim went to work and live in Coventry in the English midlands, where he was employed by the local corporation. On 26 March 1960, Jim married Moira Farrell from Coralstown, Mullingar in Coventry – they had met in Ireland.

On returning to Ireland in the early 1970s, they lived in Limerick, where Jim used his carpentry skills in the building of a house at Lisnagry, through the use of direct labour.

The Moran family roots lay in Carlow town – Jim’s late mother May Moran was the long-time caretaker of Carlow Courthouse. And it was to those roots that Jim returned, the Moran family living at Otterholt on the town’s Kilkenny Road. Next Jim undertook the construction of a number of houses in the Rathnapish area on the outskirts of the town, including a bed and breakfast, which Moira ran for some ten years.

Jim and Moira were a familiar couple out walking with Lulu, their Yorkshire Terrier, bequeathed to them when Jessica headed for the Antipodes.

Jim’s wish that Lulu would have a role at his funeral was fulfilled as the dog attended the wake in the Moran home and at the funeral Mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption.

Jim’s major sporting interest centred on soccer. While living in Coventry he supported Leeds United, but subsequently he became a committed follower of Chelsea. The Moran family’s Gaelic football pedigree centred on The O’Hanrahan’s.

Gifted with his hands, Jim was a great man to have about the house for DIY purposes.

The Morans had two daughters, Greta and Hazel. Jim and Moira were proud of their family, being great-grandparents.

Throughout a long life, Jim enjoyed robust good health. It was only in his final two years that his health began to fail.

Fr Tommy Dillon, CC, Askea led prayers at the Moran family home on Thursday and celebrated Jim’s funeral Mass in the cathedral on Friday morning.

Significant symbols of Jim’s life brought to the altar at the start of Mass were his work tools and family photograph, presented by daughter Hazel, while grandson David Cully brought up a Chelsea football jersey.

The readings at Mass were by Jim’s daughters Greta and Hazel, with Prayers of the Faithful being recited by grandchildren Aryton Gleeson, Ann Marie and Rachel Cully.

During Mass, Fr Tommy paid tribute to the fine qualities Jim Moran brought to his long life.

The singing of hymns at Mass was by Bernard Hennessy, accompanied on piano by his brother Ollie. Bernard sang Galileo and at the end of Mass Jim’s remains left the cathedral to the strains of Bring him home from Les Misérables.

There was a private cremation ceremony the following morning in Newlands Cross Crematorium, at which Greta spoke in praise of a greatly-loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Jim is survived by his wife Moira, daughters Greta Cully and Hazel Moran, his sisters Angela Brooks (Carlow) and Katie Wooley (Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England), grandchildren David, Christopher, Edward (deceased) Andrew, Ann-Marie, Rachel, Jessica and Aryton, great-grandson Bowie, by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, kind neighbours and his circle of friends.


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