The death of Mickey Hayde, Seskin, Thurles last week occasioned great sadness in his locality and the greater Thurles/ Holycross area where he was well known and much liked.
A kind hearted, gentle soul, Mickey took great interest in Gaelic Games, especially the exploits of Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary and also had a keen interest in camogie - his brother Jimmy being very much involve din the Tipperary camogie scene.
However, it was the whole area of vintage machinery which really grabbed his attention and he loved nothing more than casting his mind back to olden times, recalling how machinery worked and reminiscing on former days. The Hayde’s vintage tractor was Mickey’s pride and joy amnd he loved seeing it in rallys all around Tipperary and further afield.
Mickey worked the land all his life and was almost at one with nature. He loved the physical work which went with the agricultural way of life and together with his brothers Jimmy and the late Tommy, he relished tilling the soil and waiting in anticipation as the seed made it’s way through ground and burst to life. He worked on many farms down through the years and was as equally highly regarded in all of them, with his experience and wise counsel much sought. However, it was in Carrigans of Glengarrif, Cormackstown that he was most at home having worked there for 48 years.
Mickey was predeceased by his brothers Tommy and Paddy, and his sister Maisie who resided for many years in the US.
Mickey lived his life in a very straight forward manner - he worked hard, enjoyed his leisurely pursuits and gave praise to his Maker. He loved to chat and could often be seen in and around Seskin holding conversation with the casual passer-by. He was also usually accompanied by his faithful dog as he went about his daily business.
Although in failing health for a time, Mickey never lost his warm and friendly personality and bore his suffering with great dignity and fortitude. He remained one of natures gentleman till be breathed his last.
Testimony to the popularity of Mickey and the Hayde family was the large attendance at the removal of his remains from Ardeen Nursing Home to Bohernanave Church and also for Requiem Mass and burial in St Patrick’s Cemetery.
Mickey Hayde will be missed in Seskin, and throughout Thurles and Holycross. However, it is his brother Jimmy with whom he resided in the family home, and his sister Alice, who resides in the US, who will miss his most -one of the highlights of the year for Mickey was when Alice (Minogue) made her annual return to Seskin to spend time catching up with her brothers and family. The home will seem lonely now without him. Ar dheis De go raibh a Anam dilis.