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23rd May 2024

Tributes flood in for 107-year-old Roscommon man

Simon Kelly

Michael Coyne Roscommon tributes

He was one of Ireland’s oldest men.

Hundreds of tributes have flooded in after the news of the death of a 107-year-old Roscommon man, one of Ireland‘s oldest residents.

Michael Coyne from Boyle passed away on Tuesday and was described as a ‘gentle soul’.

Mr Coyne had celebrated his 107th birthday on this January having been born in 1917.

His death notice reads: “The death has occurred of Michael Coyne, Boyle, Co Roscommon and formally Cloonfinglas, Fairymount, Co Roscommon on Tuesday, May 21, in his 107th year.

“Predeceased by his parents Philip and Mary, sisters Kathleen Coyne and Mary McGarry and his brother Bernard. Deeply regretted by his nephew and carer Neil McGarry, relatives neighbours and large circle of friends.”

Tributes flood in for 107-year-old Roscommon man

Michael’s godson, Austin Waldron, wrote on Facebook: “My Godfather Michael Coyne passed away this morning Tuesday in his 107th year RIP arrangement’s later. Born on the January 14, 1917.”

There were hundreds of comments offering condolences to the family, showing that Michael was a valued member of the community.

“It was always a privilege to be in his company,” one person commented. “Sorry for your loss, Austin. 107 and a half. Mighty man. May his gentle soul rest in peace.”

Another said: “My sincere condolences to his nephew and his family and many friends. A true Gentleman. May his Gentle Soul Rest in Peace in his Heavenly home.”

Ballinameen Gaa Club also posted about the Roscommon man, saying: “On behalf of Ballinameen Gaa Club we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to our Historian in the club Neil Mcgarry on the passing of his uncle Michael Coyne at 107 years old. May he Rest in peace.”

One person commented: “Sincere condolences to Michael’s family and friends. Very fortunate to sit with him through a match in Kilmore, a proud man and a great tonic, may he rest in peace.”

Mr Coyne’s funeral mass will take place at 12 Noon Thursday, May 23, with burial afterwards to Fairymount Cemetery.

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