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Thursday 23 October 2014

A meaty honour for Michael!

Hubert Murphy

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:28

Cllr. Frank Godfrey presents Michael Tuite with his ‘Honourary Droghedean’ award, watched by his wife Georgina, at Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

A MAN honoured as part of the St Patrick's Day celebrations was popular retired butcher, Michael Tuite.

Michael is a native of the Navan area who came to Drogheda in 1952 and worked for Paddy Smith on West Street before he set up his own business at 9 The Bullring.

His business grew and he took over McKeowns butchers and then owned the Thatch pub and the Millmount Bar.

Married to Margaret, they had four children, Edmund, Michael, Kathleen and Edel and to this day the butcher trade is still big in the family.

Michael became associated with the Drogheda Horseshow and the Bonanza and he was Master of the Oriel Hunt. He was also president of the Vincent de Paul and the Legion of Mary.

Resident in Sunnyside House for many years, Michael retired in his mid-70s and son Edmund now runs the show, with shops at the Bullring, Laurence's Street and Trinity Street, serving the entire community.

To mark the year of The Gathering in 2013, Cllr. Frank Godfrey organised a 'blow ins' reception and, as part of that, is delighted that Michael is being honoured now – although being a Navan man he didn't have to blow too far!

'Michael is a household name in Drogheda and was one of the town's greatest businessmen. He deserves this recognition,' he said.

Drogheda Independent

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