Mike Falvey R.I.P.
Killarney & District Motor Club, having been dealing with some sad news recently , has been dealt another devastating blow with the unexpected death of one of its most hardworking and dependable volunteers, Mike Falvey, who passed away on Thursday last.
Growing up on the Churchtown stage of the Rally of the Lakes, it was inevitable that Mike and his brothers would become involved in rallying and while Diarmuid and Donal went on to become well known and successful co-drivers, Mike concentrated on the many tasks behind the scenes, without which any rally cannot happen.
Mike, following in the footsteps of his first cousin, Podge Moriarty, initially came into the Rally of the Lakes team to take on one of the most difficult, but crucial, roles in any rally, namely the erection of the arrows and other stage signage along the rally route.
With the long stages, early starts and long road sections which are typical of at least one day of the Rally of the Lakes, it is normal for the arrowing crew to set out not long after midnight with a fully loaded van of signs, stakes and arrows,
Mike’s constant motto was “ If it’s worth doing at all it is worth doing right and if you cannot do it right , just leave it after you”
Mike applied the same high standards to every other aspect of the organization in which he played a part. Including his role as Chief Marshal.
Mike’s sudden and unexpected departure at the age of 46 has shocked and saddened all who knew him and has brought home to all of us in KDMC the importance of the role which Mike played during his years as a valued member of both the Rally of the Lakes and the Historic Rally Teams.
To his immediate and extended family, everybody in KDMC offers their sincere sympathy at this very sad loss.
We will not see his likes again