Hugh Lunney, R.I.P.

A member of our Fenian Memorial Committee of America Board of Advisors, a regular benefactor and a lifetime Irish republican, Hugh Lunney, originally of Swanlibar, County Cavan, passed away on Thursday, February 18th.

Hugh was the renowned founder and owner of a number of Irish pubs in New York City, most recently O'Lunney's Times Square Pub on 45th Street in Manhattan.

All who knew him and loved him will grieve his loss. He was a generous, thoughtful, humorous and loyal man who politically longed for a united Ireland and who personally believed in the path of Divine Providence.

He treated the members of the FMCA with grace and respect. He will be missed terribly.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Remember me when I am gone away,

Gone far away into the silent land;

When you can no more hold me by the hand,

Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.

Remember me when no more day by day

You tell me of our future that you plann'd:

Only remember me; you understand

It will be late to counsel then or pray.

Yet if you should forget me for a while

And afterwards remember, do not grieve:

For if the darkness and corruption leave

A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,

Better by far you should forget and smile

Than that you should remember and be sad.


We are grateful for all of the condolences we have received. We will pass them along to the Lunney family.

On behalf of the McLaughlin Family (Aine, Aine og and Tomas) ,the Board of Advisors of the FMCA and all of our supporters, we have sent along our condolences and prayers to the Lunney Family via a mass at St. Mary's in Providence, Rhode Island and future masses at St. John Cantius in Chicago, Illinois. God willing, we will see him again.

May he rest in peace with the Gaels!

Obituary in the Irish Echo

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Artwork by Aine McLaughlin