FORMER Council staff member Mike Collopy, who passed away before Christmas, was fondly remembered at City Hall during this month’s Metropolitan District meeting.
Originally from Marian Place in Janesboro, Mike died suddenly on December 22 last and was remembered by councillors last Monday as a “helpful and loyal colleague”. Affectionately known at Merchant’s Quay as “the man who dressed the mayor”, Mike worked with the local authority for over 30 years as facilities manager.
Former Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon last week described Mike as a “very committed family man” who was “quiet and unassuming”.
“He would do anything for you,” the Fianna Fail councillor told council members.
“Mike was a very quiet man and he really looked after the mayor. He knew how to put on the mayoral chain to perfection. He died too young and is a great loss to his colleagues, councillors and family,” Cllr O’Hanlon declared.
Fine Gael councillor Elenora Hogan described Mike as a “good friend” and considered him “part and parcel of City Hall”.
Cllr Michael Hourigan (FG) remembered the St Patrick’s Road resident as a man “who didn’t know how to say no”.
Labour councillor Joe Leddin said he was absolutely shocked to learn of Mike’s sudden passing.
“Mike was the face of City Hall. He was a loyal colleague and always helpful and courteous,” Cllr Leddin recalled.
Independent councillor John Gilligan said “a nicer man you could not meet”. “He will be sadly missed.”
Solidarity councillor Cian Prendiville remembered Mr Collopy as a “kind, upfront, straight forward man”.
“Mike was generous, supportive, accommodating, real salt of the Earth. He was just a decent hardworking guy,” Cllr Prendiville said.
Director of Services, Kieran Lehane remembered Mike as “one of the pillars of City Hall”.
“He was a huge assistance to councillors and a great employee. He was always up for the craic and was a great supporter of Munster Rugby. His death was very shocking,” Mr Lehane said.
He is survived by his wife Helen, sons Michael and Bryan, brother Thomas, sisters Maura and Rena, grandchildren Ella May and Isabelle, relatives and friends.
by Alan Jacques