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My Loving Dad……….


Maurice Joseph Kirwan, my loving dad was such a positive, gentle man and I can honestly say, I  never heard anyone say a bad word about him (except on the odd occasion, my mum! when she was cross with him!)  I hope dad is in a restful, quiet place now, unlike the rest of his family who are trying to cope with such heartache, loosing such a magnificent soul.

Maurice Joseph Kirwan……my Darling Dad, I miss you so very much……

Joan and Mike

KIRWAN. – Maurice Joseph. Born May 7, 1929 Passed away peacefully at St John of God Hospital, Bendigo, May 14, 2013 Loving husband to Joan of 58 years and dearly loved father of Gary, Peter, Jane, Jenny and Fiona. Loved father-in-law to Ian, Rob, Rosie, Mel and Steve. Adored grandfather to William, Jack, Rosie, Daisy, Max, Harry, Georgia, Isabella and Nicholas. Son of Nicholas and Loretto (both dec.) and loving brother of Carmel, Frank (dec.), June (dec.), Kath and Shirley. Loved brother-in-law of Betty, Pat and Bob, Mary, Keith, John, Tup and Marie. Our family would like to convey their thanks to Doctors’ Chris Holmes, Stephen Lindsay and Dennis O’Connor for their years of kind and considerate attention along with the dedicated Staff at St John of God Hospital, Bendigo. My darling Mike, my life, my love, now in God’s care. R.I.P.


Happy Birthday Maurice Joseph Kirwan…..My Dear Dad

Well it’s my dad’s Birthday today and he is still in Hospital in Bendigo, Australia.  What a way to spend your Birthday! but dad was in good spirits when I spoke to him and has had a wonderful lot of visitors in to see him.

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My dear dad with my bother Gary Kirwan at Daisy’s Christening party, Williamstown, Australia

Hopefully dad will be out of hospital by the end of the week, so my prayers will be answered.

Maurice Joseph Kirwan (Mike)

I was sorting out some paperwork today and came across the poem I wrote for my dear dad’s 80th Birthday.  I had a lump in my throat when I read it again and thought what a dear father he has been to us all…….

My dear dad, Mike Kirwan, pictured here with my younger sister Fiona Kirwan on dad's 80th Birthday!
My dear dad, Mike Kirwan, pictured here with my younger sister Fiona Kirwan on dad’s 80th Birthday!

The party was at The Lake House in Daylesford.  It was a a huge family event with aunties and uncles, my husband Steve, Peter’s gorgeous wife Rosie, Gary’s lovely partner Mel, Jane’s husband Ian, Fiona’s partner Rob and of course the five of us children!  We all stayed the night and met up again for breakfast!

here’s the poem………

THIS MAN THEY CALL MIKE  by Jenny Kirwan, 2009.

I know a great man
who’s as gentle as a lamb
so tall and so lean
and also very keen
of a kelpie called Milly
a red dog he loves dearly

This man they call Mike
is my dad who’s well liked
he’s a fine Aussie bloke
loves the land and its folk
worked hard all his life
for the kids and his wife

Found a job for me down
at the bakers in town
when he’d wake me so early
as I became very surly
‘Goodmorning, happy days!’
was his usual phrase
but it never sat well
with my hangover from hell!

But my dad’s a dear soul
now an 80 year old
and tho’ we live far apart
he’s still close to my heart
this man they call Mike
he’s a legend alright!

The tree sisters at Dad's 80th Birthday...from left Fiona Kirwan, Jenny Kirwan and Jane Knuckey.
The three sisters at Dad’s 80th Birthday…from left Fiona Kirwan, Jenny Kirwan and Jane Knuckey.

Dad was spoit with all the attention and he loved it all…..that’s what birthdays are all about!

All My family...from left Gary Kirwan, Joan Kirwan (mum), Jane Knuckey, Fiona Kirwan, Jenny Kirwan (me!), Peter Kirwan and Mike Kirwan (dad)
All My family…from left Gary Kirwan, Joan Kirwan (mum), Jane Knuckey, Jenny Kirwan (me), Fiona Kirwan, Peter Kirwan and Mike Kirwan (dad)