January 21, 2024

Month’s Mind | Jim GALLAGHER

Dundalk, Louth


Jim’s Months Mind will be celebrated at Mass on Sunday, January 28th in 

St. Mary’s Church, Lordship at 10am. All very welcome.

Gone only from our sight

I am standing on the seashore.

Suddenly a ship at my side spreads

her white sails to the morning breeze,

and starts out for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength,

and I stand and watch her until at

length she is only a ribbon of white cloud,

just above where sea and

sky mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says:

“There She’s gone”. Gone where!

Gone from my sight – that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull

as she was when she left my side,

and just as able to bear her load of

living freight to the place of destination.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her,

and just at the moment someone at my side says:

“There! She’s gone!” There are other glad voices

ready to greet her with a glad shout,

“There She comes!”.

And that is dying.


Jim will always be remembered by his wife Ann, son Leo, Leo’s girlfriend Niamh, brother Kevin, sisters Claire and Martha, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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