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Thursday 17 April 2014

She was a brilliant woman: Michael Carruth among mourners as tributes paid to mum at packed funeral

Michael Carruth (second from right) carries his mother's coffin at her funeral  in the Church of the Holy Spirit Greenhills
Michael Carruth (second from right) carries his mother's coffin at her funeral in the Church of the Holy Spirit Greenhills

THE late mum of boxing legend Michael Carruth was remembered today as a brilliant mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who helped foster her family’s love of sport.

Hundreds of people attended this morning’s funeral of Joan Carruth, who passed away on Saturday.

The much loved mum of ten, who was in her seventies, was a huge sports fan and featured in many TV and radio interviews during Michael's 1992 Olympic success when he brought home gold from Barcelona.

Her husband and legendary boxing coach Austin 'Aussie' Carruth died two years ago.

Mourners at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Greenhills today heard Parish Priest Fr Myles Healy say that Joan was a great problem solver.

“She loved crosswords, and was a big fan of Countdown, she was a great home-maker,” he said.

Joan’s son Martin told how his parents had married in 1957.

“Dad said he wanted to have ten children with mam, and he kept that promise,” he said in an emotional tribute to his parents.

The couple had been married for more than 50 years and had ten children Michael, Austin, Martin, William, Fergal, Robert, Rebecca, Siobhan, Orla and Mary.

They are also survived by 29 grandchildren, as well as great-grandchildren.

Throughout Michael's boxing career Joan, like many mother's of fighters, could not bear to watch him compete. When he retired in 2000 she said she was just glad that he survived with his health.

Present at the funeral was former world champion athlete and Senator Eamon Coghlan.

After funeral mass Joan was laid to rest in the family plot in Palmerstown cemetery.

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