BRIDGE Street never seemed to empty as hundreds upon hundreds of people queued outside Annie May’s to pay their last respects to Paddy Hurley.
‘All of Castlehaven and all of Skibbereen were there’ was the comment most frequently heard as the river of people narrowed to form a single, orderly trickle through the oak doors of the pub, where his family was on hand to receive them.
Paddy Hurley, (pictured right), of Moneyvolihane in Castlehaven and Annie-May’s in Skibbereen, died last Sunday, November 29th. His passing was peaceful.
It was in the loving care of his heartbroken and loving wife Angela (nee Buckley), and family – Siún and Brian, Micheál, Miriam and Dan, Paudie and Aimee.
His family will miss him greatly, as will his grandchildren, Aisling and Donal, his nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and his many, many friends. Requiem Mass at St Barrahane’s Church in Castlehaven at noon on Wednesday saw another countless crowd pay their last respects to Paddy and they reverentially attended his burial at the New Cemetery.
People acknowledged Paddy to be a great family, a great Castlehaven man, and a great community man.
It was an association that dated back to the 1940s when he first used to travel to matches on the bar of a bike. It was a fitting then that the Castlehaven U14 team won the league final on Sunday, the day he passed away.
The club’s officers and members offered their deepest sympathies to his loved ones.