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Large crowds expected at funerals of west Mayo publicans


SADLY MISSED Hugh Corley, Ballintubber, and Ann Moran, Castlebar, whose funerals take place today. 

Ballintubber and Castlebar in mourning

Michael Duffy

Large numbers of people are expected to attend the funerals this evening of two well-known west Mayo publicans.
The funeral of Mr Hugh Corley, owner of the Abbey Lodge Bar and Restaurant in Ballintubber, will take place this evening from 5pm to 8pm at the Ballintubber Resource Centre, with Requiem Mass tomorrow at 11am in Ballintubber Abbey.
Mr Corley’s premises is very well known throughout the region, as it is located directly across the road from the iconic Ballintubber Abbey, which recently celebrated its 800th anniversary.
Mr Corley (68) inherited the business from his father and continued to run it with his wife, Julie, who unfortunately died after a battle with cancer 12 years ago. Hugh also ran an undertaking business at his premises in Ballintubber.
He is survived by his six daughters, Mary, Maggie, Julie, Áine, Cathy and Breege, and his son, Hugh Jnr; brothers, sisters-in-law, extended family and wide circle of friends.
The funeral also takes place this evening of Ann Moran of Ross East and Rush Street, Castlebar. Mrs Moran died in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, after a short illness. Mrs Moran’s remains will repose this evening from 4.30pm to 8pm in Coady’s Funeral Home, Castlebar, with funeral Mass tomorrow at 11am in the Holy Rosary, Castlebar.
Ann and her husband, John, owned and operated Paddy Moran’s bar on Rush Street, Castlebar. Their two sons, Jonathan and Michael, also work in the family establishment. Before taking over the running of Paddy Moran’s, John and Ann ran Moran’s Bar on Spencer Street, Castlebar. Ann also ran the Airport Bar at the old Castlebar Airport for a number of years.
Ann, nee McGreal, was aged 60. She was one of eleven children to Eamonn and Bridget McGreal, Fisherhill House, Breaffy, Castlebar.
She is mourned by her husband, John; sons, Jonathan and Michael; daughter-in-law, Sineád; Michael’s girlfriend, Claire; granddaughter, Sarah; brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended family and wide circle of friends.
As a mark of respect to the Moran family, the organisers of the Bonamh Market and Heritage Day, which was due to take place in Castlebar this Saturday, have cancelled the event.