Friday 19 December 2014

Singer Tommy Fleming in tearful farewell to parents

Published 03/04/2012 | 05:00

Tommy Fleming (left) helps carry a coffin at the funeral of his parents Annie and Paddy in Kilmactigue, Aclare, Co Sligo, yesterday

SINGER Tommy Fleming said a tearful goodbye to his parents yesterday as they were laid to rest together.

Poignantly, Paddy and Annie Fleming died within hours of each other last Friday after more than 50 years of marriage.

The devoted pair, who had six children, had been suffering from ill health in recent months.

They had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary two weeks ago.

The popular couple's funeral Mass at the Church of the Holy Rosary in Kilmactigue, Aclare, Sligo, was attended by a huge crowd.

Tommy paid tribute to his parents by singing a number of songs, including 'Abide With Me' and well-known Sligo song 'The Lake Isle of Inishfree'.

The musical director for the Mass was well-known local musician Colm O'Donnell. The Mass was celebrated by parish priest Fr John Glynn.

Fr Glynn paid tribute to Paddy (86) and Annie (83), whom he said had been devoted parents to children Belinda, Maria, Cathy, Patrick, JJ and Tommy.

He said Paddy had been a very well-respected farmer and was considered something of an amateur vet because of his knowledge of livestock.

He also paid tribute to Annie and recalled her talents as a fine singer and a card player.

Members of the couple's extended family said the Prayers of the Faithful.

A large crowd of family and friends gathered for the funeral and later for the burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Among the crowd was Eurovision performer and Dervish singer Cathy Jordan.

Irish Independent

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