Two-Mile-Borris / Moycarkey / Littleton

The Late Michael Galvin - The death took place on March 5th of Michael (Mick) Galvin, “The Shambles”, Blackcastle, Two-Mile-Borris, (retired R.S.M., Cavalry Corps, Plunkett Barracks, Curragh Camp. In his 92nd year Mick a native of Moyasta, CO. Clare has lived in Two-Mile-Borris for many years.

The Late Michael Galvin - The death took place on March 5th of Michael (Mick) Galvin, “The Shambles”, Blackcastle, Two-Mile-Borris, (retired R.S.M., Cavalry Corps, Plunkett Barracks, Curragh Camp. In his 92nd year Mick a native of Moyasta, CO. Clare has lived in Two-Mile-Borris for many years.

He was the first Irish soldier to set foot on African soil on the morning of June 29th fifty years ago. A group of very brave Irishmen who fought with him and those who died in the cause of peace in that massive land mass in Central Africa were also remembered by him.

He was educated at Moyasta N.S. and Kilrush C.B.S. and joined the Irish army as a private when a qualified tailor by trade. He quickly moved up the ranks to eventually attain the rank of Regional Sergeant Major.

The first major deployment of Irish troops overseas came in 1960 just weeks after the Belgian Congo became a republic and their government of the time sought assistance from the United Nations to maintain its territorial integrity. Mick Galvin was on that squad of overseas troops.

From the large Irish army pool 689 soldiers were selected for that historic mission. He then held the rank of R.S.M. for the next nineteen years and retired on age grounds.

In all Mick Galvin spent exactly forty years in the Irish army and saw duty for half of that time in the dark continent of Africa and the Middle East. That first Irish overseas group, the 32nd Irish Battalion was led by Lt. Col. Murt Buckley.

While in duty there, Mick Galvin had many narrow escapes from enemy lines that particular battalion lost twenty six soldiers in battles such as the Niemba ambush, by Baluba tribesmen, the siege of Jadotville.

During his army career he spent the early days was that of master tailor instructor in the workshop and acquired other skills apart from soldering. He did an advanced technical course for twelve months and at the end continued a one year fitter’s course and a motor cycle course.

He trained in rifle shooting and won the Curragh Command rifle individual competition and coached the Depot Cavalry team to win the Army Shooting championship from twenty six other teams. After discharge from the army Mick emigrated to London and remained there for ten years and then returned to Two-Mile-Borris.

Mick was a great writer and penned a couple editions of his diary outlining in detail his great experiences of the army, his colleagues there and the heroic deeds of many of his peers.

He also contributed many items of interest and controversy to “The Letters Sections” of newspapers, including the Tipperary Star.

Last year he presented this material to the Military Archives. It will be a remainder for all of the past Irish troops played in overseas peace missions and the sacrifices made by gallant soldiers.

So a West Clareman, Mick Galvin contributed an amount in defence of his country and in the services of the United Nations in the procurement of peace and leaves behind a monumental history of the early army trail bearers.

Mick Galvin liked his Tipperary home and always said that Moyasta and Two-Mile-Borris had a lot in common in their customs, their habits and friendliness.

He liked all social occasions and had a great love of Irish traditional music and song inherited from his mother Nell, who came to fame by her recordings for Radio Eireann in the 1950’s.

She died in 1961 and an annual weekend is held in Moyasta each year know as the Nell Galvin Music Festival.

Chief celebrant of the con-celebrated Mass was Fr. Joe Tynan C.C., Moycarkey-Borris assisted by Fr. George Bourke P.P. Moycarkey-Borris, Canon Eugene Everard P.P. and Frs. Jimmy Donnelly C.C. Joe Walsh C.C. Anthony McSweeney, Gerard Hennessy C.C. Thomas O’Connell C.C. James Purcell C.C. Pat Murphy P.P. Joe Egan P.P. The readings were by Garda Bart Howard, Pvt. Barry Galvin (grandson). Prayers of the Faithful were read by Tommy Hayes, Janet McEnery, Paul Brophy, Emer Galvin (Loughrey), Ollie Hayes. Offertory Gifts were brought to the altar by Mary Brophy, Phyllis Galvin (Bread and Wine), Laura Hayes (Autobiography Book), Kate Loughrey (Needle and Thread), Sam Brown Belt plus United Nations Berry by Denise Galvin (grand-daughter), Katy Maher (Military Service Medals), Mary Hough (Programme of Nell Galvin Festival Committee), Colonel Declan Hayes represented the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lt. General Sean McCann; Lt. Col. Willie Dwyer represented the Cavalry Corp.

The Thurles District Garda Siochana was represented by Supt. Pat Lordin. Following the Mass and ceremonies in St. James’ Church, Two-Mile-Borris burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.

The guard of honour from the church to the cemetery was provided by the Defence forces and by ONE. A lone piper led the cortege and appropriate music and songs were played and the last reveille rendered.

His U.N. cap and army belt were placed on the coffin and the tricolour, the cavalry corps and U.N. flags displayed in the church.

Deeply regretted by his loving wife Phyllis, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and many friends. Mick was predeceased by his first wife Kathleen and son Patrick. He has left behind a rich legacy and both Two-Mile-Borris and Moyasta are all the poorer for his passing.

“Well done and thanks loyal and faithful comrade”.

The Late Pat Bourke - The death has taken place on March 12th of Pat Bourke, Maxfort, Horse & Jockey at his residence (suddenly).

His remains were removed from his residence to St. Peter’s Church, Moycarkey followed by burial in the Old Cemetery after 11.30 a.m. Requiem Mass.

Deeply mourned by his wife Mary, sons Michael and Henry, daughter Mairead (Cooney), sister Hannah (Kennedy), daughters-in-law Caroline and Eileen, son-in-law Jonathan, Grandson Eogan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

The Late Pauline Lambe - The death has taken place on March 15th of Pauline Lambe, (nee Whyte), Leiter, The Vale, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan at St. Luke’s Hospital, Dublin (peacefully). Sister of Carmel O’Connell, Two-Mile-Borris.

Burial took place in St. Anne’s Cemetery, Bailieborough after 10.30 a.m. Requiem Mass.

Deeply regretted by her husband Tommy, son Adrian, daughters Gillian and Gemma, sister, Aunt, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchildren, nephew, nieces, relatives and friends.

Month’s Mind Mass - The Month’s Mind Mass for John Michael O’Sullivan, Beara, Co. Cork, brother of Sheala Healy, Turnpike will take place this Sunday, March 27th in St. James Church, Two-Mile-Borris at 10.30 a.m.

Recent Deaths - Pat Bourke, Maxfort, Horse & Jockey; Dan Pollard, 6 Church View, Littleton; Ellen Hackett, Clongour, Thurles; Anne O’Kelly (nee Flanagan), Thurles and formerly Archerstown; Pauline Lambe, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Many thanks to all who took part and all who attended the parade in Littleton.

Prize-giving night at Darmody’s on Saturday next, 26th March at 10 p.m. Music on the night by Mick Collins. All welcome.

Youth Club - Would you like to have a Youth Club in your area? A representative from the Tipperary Regional Youth Service will attend a meeting regarding starting a Youth Club in the Muintir na Tire Hall, Littleton on Wednesday evening, March 30th at 8 p.m.

For more information contact Maura on (087) 2860991 or email