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Ballymote community activist death

AFTER SIXTY years in any Irish town you become 'one of their own.'

So it was that Alfie Banks was laid to rest locally after his funeral Mass in Ballymote yesterday, Sunday.

The native of Kellystown, Ransboro, settled in south Sligo when he came to work as a managing clerk for Ballymote solicitors Rochford Gallagher.

Down the decades every community organisation enjoyed the expertise of Alfie and his late wife, Mary, who died in 2010.

Team Manager

They were founder members and local coordinators for the North West Hospice coffee mornings each September.

The late Mr Banks was also prominently involved with promoting GAA activities.

He was manager of the under 16 Ballymote  which finished runners up to Easkey in 1960.

Alfie (christened 'Patrick A') was also a regular contributor to the 'Corran Herald' history volumes published by the Ballymote Heritage Group. 

Other roles saw Alfie Banks serve as officer with Ballymote Community Care Council, which provided daily meals and alarm systems to senior citizens.

Landau Carriage

Most memorably, the late Mr Banks was Master of Ceremonies when Ballymote colourfully reenacted the historic 1601 Battle of Kinsale.

That pageant was part of the town's millennium celebrations organised by Ballymote Community Enterprise.

On that occasion, Alfie travelled through the town in a landau carriage.

Spoon Collector

One of his unusual hobbies was collecting souvenir spoons from around the globe.

The four corners of the earth, the United Nations and even the Titanic Centre in Belfast were all represented in his collection.

The late Mr Banks, in his 94th year, had six sons and daughters: Gerard, Eugene, Mary, Edel, Catherine and Alan.