Passing of Balla native Declan Hughes is widely mourned

The death has occurred peacefully of Declan Hughes, 14 Woodlands, Balla, Castlebar in Galway University Hospital, following a long illness.

He was aged 56 years.

Declan worked in London in the early '80s doing bar work and later in construction.

On returning to Balla he worked as a painter and decorator.

He was well respected and liked by all those he came into contact with both in the UK and in his native Mayo.

Predeceased by his parents Seamus and Maisie (neé O'Hara) and his brother Peter. He will be sadly missed by his loving daughter Siobhan (UK), his sisters Marion Hughes, Bernie Hughes - Cawley, Patricia Freyne and Tina Reddington, his brothers Jimmy (London) and Jerry (New York), nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.

Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Cancer Care West c/o Kilcoyne Funeral Directors, Thomas Street, Castlebar.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.