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James Mullan

Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK and formerly of Sligo.

11 Jan, 2023

Suddenly, at home in Guernsey, on 5th December 2022. James, predeceased by his parents Hugh and Elizabeth (Girlie) and his sister-in-law Sheila.  Deeply regretted by his siblings Brian, Mary (McLaughlin), Hugh, Liz, Arthur and George, partner Helen O’Connor, sisters-in-law Bern, Rosie and Joanna, brothers-in-law Dr. Tony McLaughlin and Harry Whelehan, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, cousins, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Rest In Peace.

Reposing at The Foley and McGowan Funeral Home, Market Yard, Sligo on Friday evening from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Funeral will arrive to The Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception, Sligo on Saturday morning for Requiem mass at 11:30am with Funeral proceeding to St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Scarden for burial after.

You are welcome to stream James’ Funeral Mass live by clicking ‘Live Stream’ below.

Family flowers only. Donations if desired to North West Hospice, care of The Foley and McGowan Funeral Home.

You are welcome to leave a message of condolence for his family below.

A memorial for James will be held in Guernsey in Feb 2023 for his many friends and colleagues there.

You are welcome to leave a message of condolence below for the family – please see form at bottom of page. Alternatively, you can send a private message to the family on info@sligofuneralhome.ie

48 Comments

  1. Sincere condolences to all James’ family.

    I first met James when he came to work in Guernsey in January 1988 and have many happy memories of times in his inimitable company. He will leave a massive gap in all our lives and will be much missed by his many friends in Guernsey.

  2. Sincere sympathy to the Mullan family as you mourn James. For those of us who were fortunate enough to know him when growing up in Sligo, he was great company with a kind heart. The phrase ‘Forever Young’ was tailor made for Barney. May he rest in peace.

  3. Really devastated to hear about James’s passing. A larger than life character who was always great for a story and tale!! We never came away from meeting James but we had a smile on our faces. Rugby internationals will not be the same as it was always the highlight to catch up with him afterwards. He was Ireland’s greatest fan be it rugby or football. The world is a darker place without James. He had such a generous heart. We will all miss him especially his godson Owen.

  4. Oh Barney, so sorry to hear of your death. We had some great times in UCD and beyond. The best of company, remembered with great affection

  5. Deepest sympathy to the Mullan family from Terry Larkin & family (Dublin)

  6. Deepest sympathy to James’s family and the extended Mullen family. Condolences also to his partner Helen and close friends. Rest in Peace James.

  7. Deepest sympathy to James’s family and extended Mullen family. Condolences also to his partner Helen and his close friends Rest-in Peace James.

  8. Sincere sympathy to all the family on Barney’s (James) so unexpected passing.Since we first met him in Hatch Hall and UCD 50 years ago he has been the source of great fun and joy for us all and while he has left us he will live in our hearts and minds and never to be forgotten.
    May you rest in Peace —old pal

  9. Sincere sympathy to Helen and the Mullan family on the unexpected passing of our friend James. Always a pleasure to meet Barney- some great times! May he Rest in Peace

  10. Our deepest sympathies to all the Mullan family on the death of James. We have fond memories of our annual conversations each Christmas. Kate and Frank Hopper (ex Kate’s Kitchen).

  11. Our sincere condolences to the Mullan family on the sudden passing of James You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

  12. Sincere sympathy to the Mullan family and partner Helen O’Connor on the sad passing of their brother and partner James, may he rest in peace.Our thought and prayers are with you at this time. Peter Murphy Ballina

  13. Our deepest sympathy to Mary,Liz,Brian and family on the sudden death of your brother James from Hans and Elaine Stern. Munich

  14. From the first time I met him in the early 90’s . A true legend of a man the Prince of Darkness to us carnaby boys click the fingers 1,2,3 … . He is truly going to be missed a legend in my eyes father figure to me In my early years in guernsey . Plenty of good times memories in numerous cities throughout Europe he will be Missed by all . A true gentleman rest in peace James , jimmy , Barney prince to name but a few .
    ‘Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis 🙏🙏💐🇮🇪

  15. Our sincerest sympathies to Helen & to all of James’ family. A wonderful person and a great friend to us for many years. He was such a big and mischievous character with a wicked sense of humour. James will be sorely missed. RIP

  16. Sincere sympathy to Helen and the Mullan family.James will always be with us in our dreams of good times past.

  17. Sincere condolences to partner Helen and all the Mullen family on the sad loss of James. Devastated with the news our mate from Knock, College days and beyond has left us. He could light up a room in an instant and be everyone’s friend. You will be sorely missed Barney my friend.RIP. Dave McKnight Perth. WA.

  18. I was saddened and shocked to hear of James’ death. I will always remember him as a friend, a leader and a carer who brightened my time in Castleknock where he was and for his contemporaries will always be known as Barney.

    I offer my sincere sympathy to Helen and all the Mullan family and hope that happy memories will ease your sadness.

    James, rest in peace, I’ll see you later.

  19. From our first meeting in Castleknock September ’67 to our last at our wedding in October James has been the best and most entertaining friend anyone could ask for.The family, friends and the world in general will miss your positivity and joie de vivre, what a man.
    My heartfelt condolences to the Mullan family and Helen.

  20. James was the best of friends in Castleknock until 1973 and in life thereafter. His classmates miss him very much. Sincere condolences to Helen and the Mullan family.

  21. Sincere sympathy Liz on the sudden passing of your beloved brother James RIP.

  22. Sincere sympathy to Brian Helen and the Mullan family on the death of James. May he Rest In Peace. Mary and Clarence Melvin.

  23. Sincere Sympathy to Brian, Helen and the Mullan family on the death of James, may he rest in peace
    Mary and Clarence Melvin

  24. Heartfelt sympathies to Mary, Liz and all the Mullan family on the sad loss of your brother James. Barbara Whelan & Lonan McDowell

  25. Sincere sympathy to all the Mullan family and partner Helen O’Connor on the sad loss of James.
    Sean & Hilary (Cosgrove) Cryan
    USA.

  26. Very sad to hear of the passing of James ,my sincere condolences to Helen, and the Mullen family, I was honoured to have known him from the Knock day’s, RIP Barney.

  27. We were so sorry to hear of the passing of the charming, witty, generous and loving soul that was James Mullan. Three days after we heard the sad news, his annual Christmas card arrived at our door.
    James was the last person we saw when we left Guernsey to return home to Ireland in 2001. I can still see him, standing at the pier in St
    Peter Port waving to us through the gates. He never failed to contact us or meet us at whatever rugby international we attended. You were always guaranteed to come across him. He brought so much joy, and in a way that few others could. The world is duller without his presence, but we shall smile every time we think of him. Ní bheidh a léithéid ann arís. Codladh sámh Jimmy
    Noreen & Tim Cotter, Abbeyfeale

  28. The shock of James’ passing is still sharp. He was in his usual fine form just hours before. He was irrepressible and is irreplaceable.

    Deepest sympathy to all the Mullan family and Helen.

  29. Sincere condolences to the Mullan family. A fine Irishman who put Sligo on the map in Guernsey. My final memory with James was enjoying the usual craic and a few pints of Guinness at the Guernsey Rugby Club match in November . RIP James

  30. James, a true friend. No more will we enjoy a rugby trip together, Twickenham, New Zealand, Japan, Heineken Cup matches all over France.
    Never again will I have the weekend call or text “Richard, did I pay my tab (always had) did I upset anyone (sometimes)”!
    Sadly missed but a life well lived.
    RIP James.

  31. Sincere condolences to family and friends, with love Jeremy Whelehan & Miguel De Lara

  32. Mary and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Mullan family on the sad passing of James. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

  33. My deepest condolences to Hugh and family on the loss of your brother James may the angels comfort you all 🌹

  34. Deepest sympathy to the Mullan families and Helen James’s partner our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    James Rest in Peace
    Con Darcy and family Oakfield Park Sligo

  35. While the news is still incomprehensible, many of us in Guernsey will take some comfort from the fact that we were all together as Carnaby’s FC just over a day beforehand, celebrating the same past glories (not so many) and misdemeanours (significantly more) but – above all else – friendship, via the many, many toasts led, as ever, by James. Of course none of us had any inkling of what was to follow and it makes that lunch even more poignant.
    We’ll continue to keep that friendship alive – James would implore us to do that – but he is an enormous loss and we are just a few among many who will miss him tremendously.
    There will always be room at our table for him and we know James will always be with us.
    Sincere condolences to all of James’s family and those close to him.

  36. Sincere sympathy to Helen and the Mullan family on the passing of James.
    Thinking of you all during this very sad time.

  37. Deepest Sympathy to Brian and the Mullen Family on the loss of your brother James
    May he Rest in Peace

  38. Sincere Sympathy to Helen and the Mullan Family. Will always have great memories of James. Always left an encounter with James with a smile on my face. A pleasure to have known him.

    The McCormicks, Chicago

  39. Sympathy to Barney, Arther and all the Mullen Family on the passing of your brother James May he Rest In Peace

  40. Sending Helen and the Mullan family our sincere condolences on the sad passing of James. Wishing you peace, comfort, strength and love at this difficult time.

    May be rest in peace.

  41. Deepest sympathies to James’ partner Helen & James’ family
    On his sudden passing. May he rest in peace x

  42. Sincere sympathy on the passing of James. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Michael and Maeve KearneyX

  43. Sincere sympathy on the passing of James. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Michael and Maeve KearneyX

  44. My sympathy to Brian and family on the sad passing of your brother James. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May James Rest In Peace

  45. James was a true friend with a massive heart. My condolences to Helen and all his family. Enjoy the craic James RIP.

  46. James was a one-off. A man of many talents, his compassion for others shone through his contacts with people wherever he met them. His wonderful sense of humour was the first thing that most people encountered before realising how much more there was to the man. Irish rugby matches at the Cornerstone showed the former and his work for Samaritans the latter. He will be greatly missed by so many people here and my condolences go to Helen and his family.

  47. Miles Bishop-White. Knew Jimmy from the very first day he arrived in Guernsey. On his first day 3 people arrived in Carnabys reception that fateful day ……..
    An English “lady” – Ann Fuller (née Jones), a Scottish ” gentleman ” – Eric (Eccy) Carroll and JAMES MULLAN …………..
    Life was never the same….
    PRINCE OF DARKNESS changed our lives forever. R.I.P P.O.D

  48. Dear James, always a joy to behold. I can’t remember him without a smile on my face thinking of the funny stories that surrounded his life, and no embellishments needed! So sorry for your loss.

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