Funeral of the late Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue at 10:30am from Tangney’s this Morning

Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue’s remains will leave Tangney’s Funeral Home, Castleisland this morning at 10:30am and head up along Church Street and Main Street so that people can pay their respects. ©Photograph: John Reidy  2-11-1998

A reminder that Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue’s funeral will leave Tangney’s Funeral Home here in Castleisland this morning at 10:30am and proceed up along Church Street and onto Main Street before heading to Shannon for a private cremation service.

People wishing to express their condolences and solidarity with the family can do so from the street sides as the cortege passes by. There will be a mass in his memory when it is safe to attend later on in the year. May God be good to him.

I got the following message for Michael Sugrue – a cousin of the late Michael’s from the UK last night and there’s a nice bit of history among its lines.

The Essence of Butty

Thank you for a lovely photo and obituary of my 1st cousin Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue.

We hadn’t seen each other since 1983 when I visited the family while on holiday.

Your photo and obituary capture the essence of Butty so will be a lovely memory.

I was very fond of his parents; his father Mock was my godfather and his mother Hannah was the most generous of spirit.
‘The Bake House’ Behind Hartnett’s
I was born in our grandmother’s house which in 1950 was a one-room ‘cottage’ that was behind Hartnett’s but set slightly back from the road.

After Mock and Hannah got married they, and my grandmother Kate, moved a few doors along to 5 Limerick Road, which is where the elder children like Butty were born.

Born in Cordal

My grandmother died in 1961 a week after the fire in a neighbouring house. I used to visit my grandfather at St. Finans, who was also a lovely man.

After years of searching, it is only about three years ago that I finally tracked down the circumstances of my great-grandfather’s death in USA; he fell from a train in 1915 as it approached the station in Lowell, MA, USA.

He was also named Michael Sugrue, and born in Cordal.