Driving instructor Michael Hyland dies at 79

The late Michael Hyland.
The late Michael Hyland.

Former Commissioner of Oaths and well-known driving instructor Michael Hyland has died at the age of 79.

Michael was born in Larch Hill, Mountrath, Co. Laois to John and Brigid Hyland, the oldest of seven children. Michael was proud of his Laois heritage and when he moved to Wexford 40 years ago, he said it was 'to bring some culture to the place'.

He never found a sport he didn't love and played for the Camross hurling team, including for the last time they won the Championship. The team provided a wonderful Guard of Honour at his funeral in Barntown.

Michael had great faith and 'loved every church he found'.

He was one of the founding members of the Voluntary Branch of the Wexford Wheelchair Association, and later volunteered with the Meals on Wheels.

He set up Hyland's Driving School early in his life in Wexford and at the other end of the scale, five years ago, he went back to study and achieved a B.A. in Pastoral Theology at All Hallows College, something of which he was so proud. Michael is the husband of Florence Hyland; father of John and Emma Hyland; father-in-law of Pauline Hyland and a brother to Patricia, Carmel, Attracta and Theresa. He was pre-deceased by brothers Fr Patrick Hyland and Dan Hyland and is survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, extended members of his family, friends, neighbours and his beloved animals Layla and Rigby. His Requiem Mass took place at St Alphonsus' Church, Barntown, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Wexford People