Obituary Michael ‘Mixie’ Haberlin (Dunkitt, Kilmacow)

The late Mixie Haberlin of Dunkitt, Kilmacow.

The late Mixie Haberlin of Dunkitt, Kilmacow.

It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we record the passing of Michael ‘Mixie’ Haberlin, Dunkitt, Kilmacow, County Kilkenny. Michael passed away on Monday. October 24th surrounded by his loving wife Eileen and family at his home in Dunkitt.

Michael reposed at his residence on Tuesday and Wednesday and he was laid to rest on Thursday October 27th in glorious sunshine in St Senan’s Church, Kilmacow. Mixie’s popularity was reflected by the large attendance both at his home and on the morning of his burial.

Mixie was the son of the late Annie and Michael Haberlin, late of The Mountain Road, Treanaree, Slieverue, County Kilkenny.

Mixie was very proud of his Mountain Road roots; many a drive was taken by him down to Slieverue to see his home house and surroundings and there was always a special place in his heart for the Mountain Road.

Educated in Ringville School up until the age of 14, Mixie took up employment with local farmers in the Slieverue and Glenmore areas. It was at a dance in Slieverue that he met his wife Eileen (nee Costello).

Following their marriage on a snowy February 22nd in 1955, they lived on the Mountain Road for a short time before taking up residence in Dunkitt. There, they had five children: Teresa, Michael Jnr, (RIP) Breda, Dermot and Valerie.

In the year 1952, Mixie took up employment in Clover Meats where he worked up until it closed its gates in 1984.

There, he made many great friends. Some years later, Mixie was employed on the Kilmacow FAS scheme where he painted and decorated the newly refurbished Rosedale Residential Care Home.

He was a great family man and a much loved husband, father and grandfather. He was a very gentle and kind hearted man, always helped out his family in any way he could.

A keen gardener, he was happiest when out cutting lawns and hedges and he took great pride in his flowers and plants. Mixie loved to socialise at weekends with close friends and relations at the Clover Centre where they had many a good night dancing.

Throughout Mixie’s life he took many a trip to Montreal, Canada to visit family members.
Mixie’s grandchildren played a huge part in his life. He loved to sit and chat to them, telling them stories of his childhood days where many a giggle could be heard. He watched with great interest when the Kilkenny hurling team celebrated their victories down through the years and he had a great love of hurling.

Mixie was the youngest brother of the late Richard (Dick) Haberlin, Kilmacthomas and the Late Mary Power, Couse, Waterford.

Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr O’Connor and Fr Muldowney. The readings were shared by his granddaughter, Rebecca and Lorraine Foley who travelled from Canada. Prayers of the Faithful were read by his grandsons, Glen and Stephen and his niece Ann Haberlin and Bill Dunphy who travelled from England.

Symbols of Mixie’s life were carried to the altar by his daughters Breda and Valerie. Gifts of bread and wine were carried by his daughter in law Marie, granddaughters Avril and Ruth and his Dermot gave a eulogy of his Dad’s life.

Before Mixie was carried to his final resting place by his son Dermot, sons in law, Pat and Brian, nephew Michael and two grandsons Ian and Stephen, his favourite song, “The Galway Shawl” was sung by Seamus Carroll.

Organist John Callaghan and soloist Megan Butler provided beautiful music.
Mixie was laid to rest beside his son, Michael Jnr, who died on June 8th, 1989. He is survived by his loving wife Eileen, son Dermot, daughters, Teresa, Breda and Valerie, grandchildren, Ian, Avril, Rebecca, Stephen, Ruth and Glen, sons in law, Pat and Brian, daughter in law, Marie, nieces and nephews, sisters in law and brothers in law, relatives and friends.

Mixie’s Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated on his 88th birthday on Saturday, December 10th in St Senan’s Church, Kilmacow at 6pm. May he Rest In Peace.

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