Martin Sweeney, the veteran weatherman who recorded the climate in Straide for more than half a century, has passed away.
Mr Sweeney, who was in his eighties and had been the local postman up to his retirement at the turn of the millennium, made a remarkable contribution to the study of meteorology in Co Mayo.
Martin Sweeney truly was the man for all seasons, a faithful chronicler of our ever-changing climate and a passionate lover of nature. In the long, bitterly cold winter of 2010-11, he told the Western People how he had been feeding birds each morning, rising amid the sub-zero temperatures even though he was now in his mid-seventies. A robin became so tame and trusting that one morning it hopped onto Martin’s hand as he spread the bird food in the back garden. It was a lovely image of a man utterly at one with the natural world around him, and Martin Sweeeny was certainly someone who lived in complete harmony with the beautiful Straide landscape.
Martin is sadly missed by his brother Tommy (Cork), sister in law Nellie (Straide), nieces, nephews, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.
Removal is tomorrow (Thursday) at 6pm to St Peter and Paul’s Church, Straide.
Mass on Friday at 12 noon followed by burial in Straide’s New Cemetery.