LARGE crowds gathered in Dunmanway on Wednesday night to pay their respects to the late Mike Batt McCarthy, the father of Labour TD, Michael McCarthy.
Funeral mass took place at 2.30pm on Thursday (November 5th) at St Patrick’s Church followed by burial at St Finbarr’s Cemetery.
Mike ‘Batt’ McCarthy as he was known to one and all passed away peacefully on Monday, November 2nd surrounded by his beloved wife Phyllis of Castle Street, Dunmanway, and his children Norma, Aidan, Paula, Liam, Michael and Damien, who will miss him dearly.
He will also be greatly missed by his daughters-in-law, son-in-law, his adored grandchildren, brother Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.
The Labour TD acknowledged that his father, a 71-year old retired labourer, who worked for a period with Cork County Council, was ‘a jack of all trades who, up to last year, would have been out tending to the gardens of family and friends.
‘He was someone who literally lived for his grandchildren. He was a considerate grandfather who adored each and every one of his 15 grandchildren. They filled his later years with incredible joy and fulfilment.’
Mike’s active involvement in the Labour party was clearly a source of inspiration to Michael, who will be standing once again as the Labour candidate in the upcoming general election. The count of 2011 was a great source of pride to Mike when he saw his son win back the historic Labour seat for the party here.