Death Notices

Matthew (Matt) O’Connell

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Monalee Manor, Knocknacarra, Galway and formerly of Lahinch, Co. Clare

and Moate, Co. Westmeath


On Friday, 8 December, 2023 Matthew slipped away very peacefully at home, in his 94th year, with his devoted loved wife Florrie of 65 years and family by his side. Predeceased by his much-loved son Barry, brothers Brian, Brendan, Michael and Ted and his sister May.


Deeply mourned by his wife Florrie, son Eugene and daughters Áine, Mary and Una, daughter-in-law Máirín O’Keeffe and son-in-law Niall Murphy, his very precious grandchildren Ailbhe, Barry, Eibhlín, Étáin and Bláithín, brother, Rory, sister Margaret and sisters-in-law Veronica, Kathy and Sr. Mary Margaret Walsh, the extended family, neighbours and friends in Galway, Moate and Lahinch.


Matthew will repose in St. Anthony’s Room within the Church of St. John the Apostle, Knocknacarra (H91 W0H4) on Monday, 11 December, from 5 p.m.


A Memorial Mass to celebrate his life and his contribution to the Knocknacarra community will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Live-streaming link for Mass in Knocknacarra Church


Removal from Knocknacarra Church on Tuesday morning, 12 December, at 9.15 a.m. to arrive at St. Patrick’s Church, Church Street, Moate (N37YE30) at 10.45 a.m.


Requiem Mass will commence at 11 a.m. and following Mass he will be laid to rest with his son Barry in Donegan Cemetery, Moate .


“As a day well spent brings happy sleep,

so life well used brings happy death.”


House Private and family flowers only, please.

Book of Condolence

If you would like to leave a personal message for the bereaved please find the online book of Condolence below. The family would like to thank you for your thoughtfulness at this time.

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