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Jackie Burns

Obituaries

Drummin House, Tubberhill, Westport, Co Mayo

Jackie was one of seven children, born to Paddy and Margaret Burns (RIP). He spent most of his life on Tubber Hill, although the family moved to Letterkenny, Donegal for seven years before returning home to Westport. He stepped into a caring role from a young age, moving in with his grand aunt ‘Auntie Bridgie’, who acted as a surrogate grandparent, at thirteen.
He then established and developed a thriving Bed and Breakfast in Drummin House, where he welcomed many visitors over his thirty years in business. His renowned Full Irish Breakfast will be missed by so many.
He also stayed at home with his two daughters, where he instilled in them a love for music, food and good times which will stay with them forever. His father suffered a stroke in 2000 which greatly affected his independence. From this point on, Jackie provided a great amount of help and care to both of his parents up until the death of his mother in 2020.
Jackie handled his diagnosis of terminal cancer with grace, dignity, and his usual irreverent humour. It is a great comfort to us all that in the week before his death, Jackie not only did two laps of the pond at the Quay, but also had two lively trips out in Clew Bay on his boat. After all, as he would say himself, The Bay was “better than any chemotherapy”! Jackie’s love of the sea was fostered from an early age, a testament to the time he spent with Martin O’Donnell aboard The Finnaun.
Jackie is sadly missed, and forever in the hearts of his devoted wife, Ann, his beloved daughters Alice and Fiona, brothers Michael and Pat, sisters Marian, Helen, Tina and Amanda, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, neighbours, and many dear friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.