The parish of Mullinahone is still coming to terms with the death in the Mercy Hospital, Cork of local councillor, Eddie O’Meara MCC. Eddie passed away after a short illness.
He was a most affable character and was willing to talk to anybody who cared to engage him in conversation. He celebrated his 69th birthday the week of his death. He was still working on behalf of the local community as he sat in his hospital sick bed. As a member of the Tidy Villages committee he was out on Good Friday setting the Tidy Villages campaign in action. For 25 years Eddie was a Trojan organiser on behalf of Fianna Fail and when he failed to obtain a nomination to run in the local elections in 1999, he was persuaded to run in the election as an Independent candidate. Getting enormous support in his own parish Eddie was elected and he retained his seat at the 3 elections since then. For almost 50 years Mullinahone people never had their own councillor to represent them. Eddie filled that void being always ready to lend a helping hand. He always seemed to know the politician or official who would be able to help.
Eddie is survived by his wife, Josephine and his sons Sean, Kevin, Aiden, Edwin and Joseph as well as daughters in law, Claudia and Nora and his eight grandchildren. In 2003, Eddie’s son Frank passed away in Cyprus in a holiday accident. A huge guard of honour was present in the street of Mullinahone and outside St. Michael’s Church for Eddie’s removal. Large crowds also attended his reposal, funeral Mass and burial, fitting tributes to his popularity. May he rest in peace. We are unlikely to see his likes again