Michael Brooke Obituary, Passionate Advocate Of The Discovery Park Project
Michael Brooke’s Legacy: Champion of the Discovery Park Project
With deep sorrow, we share the news of the passing of our cherished friend, colleague, and fervent advocate for the Discovery Park project, Michael Brooke. Today, our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts are with his family as we reflect on his life and his unwavering commitment to transforming Castlecomer Discovery Park into a world-class adventure destination. He was not just an advocate; he was the embodiment of the positive impact social enterprises can have on revitalizing local communities.
From the inception of the park, Michael was an integral founding member and a dedicated board member, tirelessly contributing his time and boundless energy to the cause. His dedication spanned a spectrum of activities, from creating job opportunities for local youth to establishing a safe haven where our community could explore, unwind, and thrive. Whenever and wherever you met Michael, it wouldn’t take long before he enthusiastically shared stories about the park and, perhaps, gently nudged you to contribute or volunteer. He intimately knew every corner of our enchanting woodlands, as he strolled through them daily with his beloved dogs. These walks were his moments of contemplation, where he pondered the next ambitious project. Michael was a perpetual driving force, never content with standing still, and his enduring legacy stands as a testament to his unyielding determination.
The void left by Michael’s departure is profound and challenging to fathom. However, our most fitting tribute to him is to ensure that the social enterprise he championed continues to prosper and grow. We are eternally grateful for everything he accomplished, and we will forever cherish his memory.
We extend our deepest condolences to the entire Brooke family during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be shared on RIP.ie. As a mark of respect, the Discovery Park will remain closed on Friday, September 29th.
An image of ‘The Mills’ textile factory in Castlecomer, pictured in 1971, showcases its history as one of the town’s first factories established in 1969 after the decline of the local coal mining industry. The factory produced worsted yarns, including Lycra, known for its exceptional elasticity. Initially operated as a joint British and Canadian venture, it later became Comerama under Asian ownership in the late 1990s, employing 360 workers. Unfortunately, a global downturn in demand for its main products, Trevira wool and Lycra yarns, led to the factory’s closure in 2003, resulting in the loss of 160 jobs in Castlecomer.