Martin Beatty was born with a disability and spent his early days in an orphanage in Tuam. He was transferred as a child to the St. John of God Brothers in St Augustine’s, Blackrock, Co Dublin where he lived up to the age of 25, when work was found for him in Presentation College, Bray. He gave great service in both the Brothers House and the College in Bray for 40 years (1962-2003) as a general helper.
He was treated well generally and he had nothing but praise and thanks for the Brothers he got to know there. He became an integral part of the Bray Community. Br. Clement in particular was very good to him in Bray and later in Mt. St. Joseph. It could be said that Br. Clement was the closest to a father figure that Martin experienced in his life.
When the Brothers closed the Brothers community in Bray, Martin transferred to a SHARE apartment in Mt St. Joseph, Cork
He accompanied Br. Clement on several pilgrimages to Lourdes, Fatima, Rome, Lisieux and of course Knock. There were also regular ‘pilgrimages’ back to Bray and he looked forward to his summer holidays with the Brothers Community in Glasthule, at Br. Andrew’s invitation.
Mrs. Chris Ryan took a particular interest in his welfare and indeed became a mother figure to him for all his time in Mount. St. Joseph. She continued to visit him weekly during his stay in the Choice Care Nursing Home in Montenotte, where he was transferred after a helpless fall left him without the power of his legs.
While he was very well treated by staff his lack of mobility led to a lot of isolation and he often declared himself to be lonely. He felt really bereft when told of Br. Clement’s passing earlier this year and his will to live seemed to leave him. He maintained his interest in the affairs of the St. John of God Brothers, of Presentation College Bray and of Mt. St. Joseph, Cork,
He passed away peacefully on Thurs Nov 10th aged 78 years.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam usual.