Nationalist and Leinster Times.
(abbreviated transcription of
obituary published in the Nationalist.)
Death Of Mr Michael Governey.
The late Mr. Michael
A Great National Loss.
When news of the death of Mr.
Michael Governey was heard on Thursday morning something like a shock
was felt not only in Carlow but in every part of Ireland where he was
On Thursday last, the whole of
Carlow and surrounding districts were ringing with the sad cry: "Mr.
Governey is dead".
The generous friend of the
poor, not only en masse, but individually, the nobel-hearted patriot,
one of the most successful men of his time, but most of all, the
Christian gentleman, who like his Divine Master, "went about doing good"
Only on Friday last he attended
a meeting in the Town Hall, Carlow but it was obvious that he was
suffering from a cold which developed into pneumonia.
Notwithstanding every care and
the very best medical and nursing attention, he succumbed in a private
nursing home in Dublin on Wednesday evening.
It truly may be said that
Michael Governey died in harness. In his case the expression is not
hackneyed, and in all probability it was public affairs which brought on
On Wednesday week he took part
in an interview with Mr. Hogan, Minister of Agriculture, in connection
with the County Carlow Land Movement.
The late Mr. Governey was a
native of Leix, and belonged to an old and respected family of the
farming community. His people belong to the Ballylinan district.
Considerably over half a
century ago, at the early age of thirteen and a half years, he entered
as an apprentice into the well-known firm of Corcoran and Co. Carlow and
even in his teens showed that business ability and tact which
characterised him afterwards and assured that prosperity which came to
him not through any particular circumstance or circumstances, because
the deceased gentleman - and gentleman he was to the finger tips - was
in his own particular spheres like Napoleon, who on one occasion, said
he made circumstances.
The success of the Mineral
Water Factory is entirely due to his business acumen and commercial
foresight, and the Boot Factory is a household word, not merely in
Carlow but throughout the Irish Nation.
The late Mr. Governey was a
patriot in the truest sense of the word, and even in party politics he
was one of the most broad-minded and tolerant of men.
It was often remarked as
wonderful how he could give so much time to public work, and at the same
time look after his own large business concern.
And while active in both
spheres found time to help in other matters such as the Carlow County
Agricultural Society and the Hunt Club, both of which bodies are
important departments of our agricultural industry.
Sometimes, like all public men
he was constrained to speak in vigorous, often very strong language, but
if he did, he made no enemy, and his friends were legion.
The world, particularly at the
present time can ill afford to lose such a personality, and certainly,
more of his type are wanted in the land he loved, and almost adored.
It was said by Dean Swift that
a real patriot was one who made two blades of grass grow where only one
grew before and this definition could be aptly applied to Carlow's
leading civic citizen, who has gone to reap the rewards of a useful
life, useful to his town, his county and to the Nation.
The late Mr. Governey was twice
married, first to Miss Corcoran and about 18 years ago he married Miss
Brodie, daughter of the late Colonel Brodie, he leaves a young family of
On Thursday the remains were
removed by rail from Kingsbridge to Carlow by the 3.30 train and were
received at Carlow Station by an immense throng of people.
It may be said that all the
people of Carlow were present to respect all that was mortal of a great
citizen. Employees of the deceased gentleman walked in formation, and
the progress of the cortege to the Cathedral was characterised by
emotion and evident sorrow.
When the coffin was borne
towards the Altar, the Cathedral filled.
Rev. J.J.Dunny, C.C., then
ascended the pulpit and recited the Rosary, which was reverently
responded to by a sorrowing congregation.
To the afflicted widow and
young family we tender our sincerest sympathy.
By special request, no wreaths
of perishable earthly flowers were placed on the grave of Michael
Source: The Nationalist - 1924
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