Patrick Joseph Hanley, popularly known as P.J., Carns, Co. Sligo who died recently was held in high regard throughout the West Sligo community.
A member of a popular and widely respected family, P.J. was a son of the Michael John and Margaret Hanley (nee Rouse) Michael John served for many years as an Independent member of Sligo County Council, a period during which among many other developments, he secured the hard-won provision of a modern vocational school for his native parish of Castleconnor, a major accomplishment. The building was acquired in later years by the North-West Parents and Friends Association and now houses a highly valued training and employment services resource centre for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
P.J. was predeceased by his beloved wife Josephine, brother, Bernard and niece Carrie.
An uncle of P.J’s, the late Theobald Hanley served as an army Adjutant in Mayo and Sligo districts during the civil war after which he moved to reside in the United States.
P.J. married Josephine (nee Conmy from Culleens) and they raised a family of five, a daughter Mary and four sons Michael, Padraic, Paul and Damian. Damian sadly passed away in Canada in 2018.
Mary, P.J’s daughter, was one of the three secondary schools students, including Patricia and Colleen McGuinness who witnessed a vision of Our Lady and Saint Bernadette at Carns on the night of 2nd September 1985. A voluntary funded grotto erected close to the spot where the Virgin Mary appeared is today a place of Christian pilgrimage and has been visited by thousands in the thirty-six years since it was opened.
Farming was in P.J’s blood from boyhood. He and Josephine, a warm and gracious lady, were closely involved with the local farming scene and together excelled in various agricultural initiatives on the long-established family holding in Carns. Ever kind and caring, both took a keen interest in community activities, and were always willing to lend a hand to others.
P.J. is survived by his sons Michael, Padraic and Paul, daughter Mary, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, sister, Mary, brothers Michael and Theobald, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and other relatives in Ireland and abroad.
His remains reposed at Gallagher’s Funeral Home, Bonninconlon and following requiem mass at the Church of St. Joseph, Castleconnor, he was laid to rest at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Kilglass.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.