Wednesday 17 July 2019

Shock at unexpected death of mummer Paddy Cullen

The unexpected death of the late Paddy Cullen, Newtown, Kilmore Quay, last Monday, came as a great shock to his family and friends.

He had reached the grand old age of 89. Born in Killag, Duncormick, Paddy was a noted mummer with Baldwinstown, Kilmore and, for over 35 years with the Carne Mummers and performed in the Royal Albert Hall, in 1960 and again in 1971.

He was a noted step dancer and a member of the Bargy branch of Comhaltas and an experienced horseman who won many awards at shows all over Wexford.

On Tuesday evening his remains were removed from his daughter Marian's residence to Kilmore Parish Church where they were received by Rev. Denis Doyle,P.P., and Rev. Jim Cogley, C.C. There was a very large attendance.

Killag Show Committee of which Paddy was a member provided a guard-of-honour. At the Requiem Mass on Wednesday morning concelebrated by Rev. Jim Cogley, Rev. Denis Doyle and Rev. Pat Furlong, the large congregation heard Fr. Cogley pay a moving tribute to a great parishioner, family man and sportsman. During Mass beautiful Irish airs were played by Gerry Forde, John Cousins, Nicky Doran, Tommy Hayes, Kevin Whitty, Sean Stafford, John Murphy, Pips Murphy, Carmel Keating and Leo Carthy.

Singers, Paddy Berry, John Howlin and Robert Whelan paid their tribute and Kilmore parish choir sang beautifully.

The readings were taken by grandchildren and family members who also presented the gifts which included a mumming stick. At the conclusion of Mass, Paddy Cullen son, paid tribute to his father and returned thanks to everyone.

Mummers from Drinagh, Rathangan, Carne and Dungeer, wearing their sashes, in the charge of Bernie Radford and Leo Carthy, formed a guard-of-honour beside the hearse, followed by traditional musicians.

In Kilmore cemetery, the large crowd heard lifelong friend Leo Carthy pay a great tribute to Paddy.

Paddy, he said, with his two Kilmore friends Jack Busher and Jimmy Sinnott gave great service to the Carne Mummers for over 35 years. Fr. Furlong, Fr. Doyle and Fr. Cogley officiated at the graveside as the traditional musicians played Boolavogue and we said farewell to one of the best.

Much sympathy is extended to his son Padge, daughter Marian, son-in-law Paul, daughter-in-law Margaret, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.

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