Michael Moran.

Tribute to former Castlebar Bacon Factory salesman on his recent passing

Michael Moran, Kilkenny Cross, Castlebar, whose death took place recently, was a member of the sales staff of Castlebar bacon factory for many years.

He was personal driver for Brian Van Zwanenburg, manager of the factory, and drove Brian to Dublin several days each week.

At that time the bacon factory had 600 employees and their ‘Barcastle’ products were sold all over Europe as well as in the United States. Michael was aged 89 years.

As salesman for the bacon factory, he was well known over the west of Ireland, popular with all those with whom he did business over many years.

In his younger days Michael was an outstanding goalkeeper and played with distinction for Breaffy GAA Club and Barcastle Soccer Club, managed by the late Alan Fallon.

His parents, the late Tom and Eileen Moran, lived at Bacon Factory Road, Castlebar. Eileen was sister of the late Joe Chambers, a member of Castlebar Urban Council and a noted entertainer.

Michael was predeceased by his wife Tess and infant daughter Teresa.

He is survived by his sons Brian and Michael P., daughters Veronica, Caroline, Mary, Evelyn and Christina, brother Tommie, sister Sheila Mallinson, Norwich, sister-in-law Kathleen, daughter-in-law Claire, Brian's partner Linda, sons-in-law Michael Rowland and Derek McHale, 12 grandchildren, cousins Joe Chambers Junior, Dublin, and Robert Ely, U.S., nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Many lovely tributes were paid to him on social media where he was described as a true gentleman.

Michael’s burial took place in the Old Cemetery, Castlebar, following Mass in the Church of the Holy Rosary.

May he rest in peace.

- JM.