There was great sadness felt throughout the Enniscorthy area recently with the passing of Michael Quigley, Greenville Lane, and formerly Pearse Road. Born July 20, 1934, Michael was the son of Daniel and Jane Quigley (née: O’Leary) and the fourth child in a family of five. Michael, or Mick as he was more commonly referred to by family and friends, spent his early years around the Still in Enniscorthy, then moved to Greenville Lane on April 1, 1944, at the age of 9.
We went to the CBS school on Island Road and when he left school he started working for Larkin’s and then worked as a farm laborer.
Mick moved to Enfield, Co. Meath for a time, then closer to home, to Arklow, where he worked as a milkman.
It was there that he met his future wife, Annie Fisher. They married on November 28, 1956 and moved to Pearse Road, Enniscorthy, and it was there that they raised their family.
Soon after moving there, Mick went to work in the Wexford County Council Machine Yard and during that time he made lifelong friends.
Mick had a great interest and involvement in the sport. His athletic prowess was varied and he enjoyed participating in all types of sports, including long-distance running, hurling and soccer.
He spent time coaching the Oulart-the Ballagh GAA team and helped them advance to two finals. Mick was also instrumental in bringing success from all over Ireland to the Wexford camogie team in 1975.
He was one of the founding members of the AFC de St Cormac in 1958, but it was the sport of boxing that he really excelled at. He devoted a lot of his time to sports and earned the respect of people across the country and it was through boxing that he also made loyal and lifelong friends.
Mick’s involvement in boxing and the esteem in which he was held in the sport was recognized when he received an IABA Lifetime Achievement Award as recognition for his dedication and contribution to the sport. .
He was a qualified coach and referee and officiated at all levels of the sport, including overseeing regional, provincial, national and international competitions.
Mick has spent over 20 years in charge of training umpires and has spent most of his life on County Council. Until recently, he attended most club shows and was always regarded for his expert advice to boxers and officials.
A gentleman in every sense of the word, Mick was truly one of the good guys in life and the respect and esteem he was shown in was reflected in the tremendous outpouring of support given to his family. following his death.
Mick was also a very active member of his community outside of his involvement in sport and he worked extensively with local Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and Civil Defense.
Proud Irish and Wexfordian, he also participated in the pikemen of 98 and taught many people to walk with pride.
Mick retired from Wexford County Council after over 40 years and enjoyed spending time traveling through Ireland and beyond.
In particular, he liked to visit his many friends all over the country.
With his beloved wife Annie by his side, Mick has also visited England and Canada on numerous occasions.
He also loved his vacations in the sun very much and among his favorites were places like Lanzarote where he had a fantastic family vacation and made many friends as well.
A lover of the outdoors and the beauty of nature, Mick loved the good weather and had a particular penchant for looking at the boats on the horizon under the glorious blue sky.
However, he didn’t have to travel overseas to enjoy nature and when their family was younger Mick and Annie had lovely days on the beaches of Wexford and a vacation in Courtown created many happy memories. for the family.
Mick was devoted to his family and enjoyed a very good relationship with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was supportive of them all and loved to be there to watch and encourage them as they participated in their various activities.
Mick loved to congratulate them on their sports activities and also on their work in school and he always encouraged them to pursue their dreams.
An inspiration to his family, a caring and dedicated father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Mick was also a treasured and well-respected friend to many locally and nationally.
His passing brought great sadness to all who knew him, but the memories he created and the positive impact he had on the lives of all who knew him will remain forever.
Mick passed away peacefully on Monday, September 20, surrounded by his family. After Requiem Mass in St Aidan’s Cathedral in Enniscorthy, his remains were buried on Thursday 23 September in St Mary’s cemetery.
Mick will be remembered by his sisters, Kitty, Lizzie and Mary, and his brother-in-law, Pat.
Mick’s older brother, Tommy, sadly passed away on Wednesday, September 29, after attending Mick’s funeral and burial with his family.
Mick was predeceased by his wife, Annie, and his children are greatly missed: Mary, Anne, Bernadette, Teresa, Michael and Thomas; stepdaughters, Audrey, Ann and Eleanor; Mick was predeceased by his sons-in-law Clive and Joe; he is sadly missed by his grandchildren: Vivienne, Anthony, Richard, Lee, Mandy, Joanne, Joseph, Amy, Kym, Ian, Orla and Emily; his precious great-grandchildren: Kaitlin, Seamus, Liam, Moira, Jameson, Ciara, Hannah, Tadgh, Dylan, Glen and Amelia, as well as his extended family, relatives and wide circle of friends.