Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Bernard McCormack 1849 - 1908 Gx1 Grandfather

Bernard McCormack was the son of Thomas McCormack and Anne Mathews and was baptised on the 20th January 1849 at Tallanstown, Co Louth. This period was towards the end of the "Great Hunger."

The family moved onto Dunleer (see a previous blog regarding a great grand aunt) and then onto Drogheda.

Bernard was a cattle dealer and publican (bar on Trinity Street, Drogheda) it was also mentioned that he was 6' 6" tall and  a sister at 6' too, quite a height for then.

I enclose Bernard's  obituary from the "Drogheda Argus" March 21st 1908.

It is with extreme regret that we chronicle the death of Mr Bernard McCormack of Trinity Street Drogheda. Deceased was a popular figure not only in this town but thoughout counties Louth and Meath where he was universally known and esteemed.  He ranked amongst his friends all classes of the community. Of a sterling character, genuine honest temperment, and sunny disposition, deceased moved amongst the people and was ever welcome. Amongst his colleagues in the cattle trade he will be greatly missed. The late Mr. McCormack who attained his 60th year, was attacked with an incurable disease and despite the surgical skill of Dublin experts, his end came on Sunday last when he passed away surrounded by his sorrowing family. The remains of the deceased were removed to the Mortuary Chapel, St. Peter’s on Monday night. Requeim Mass was celebrated on Tuesday last for the repose of his soul and the funeral that afternoon was largely attended by the principal citizens of the town, also representatives from Ardee, Dunleer, Balbriggan and the surrounding districts. To his bereaved widow and family we tender our most sincere sympathy in their bereavement. RIP

*I hope to obtain an image of the headstone soon.
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