Sunday 18 August 2019

Ó Cuív in tribute to 'close friend' hotelier killed in traffic accident

Eoin Burke
Eoin Burke

Mary McDonnell

A popular Galway hotelier has died in a road crash in Connemara. Eoin Burke (53), of Clonbur, was killed in a single-vehicle crash in East Carrick, Corr na Móna, at around 1.30pm on Saturday.

Mr Burke is remembered as a much-loved pillar of his local community, who was centrally involved in much work in the area.

The father of four worked with his family's award-winning restaurant Burkes of Clonbur - also known as Tí Bhurca - and ran the Peacockes Hotel in Maam Cross, Co Galway.

He was also a former chairman of Clonbur GAA club, ran a livestock mart close to the hotel and was an undertaker in Burke's funeral home, where he is reposing.

His close friend, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív, said: "The whole community is devastated.

"Everyone knew him from far and wide. He was an extremely good-natured person. He was the most obliging person you could ever meet.

"I counted him amongst my closest friends. He was a fantastic character, full of good stories."

Mr Burke is survived by his parents Ciarán and Cha, his wife Bríd, children Hannah, Paddy, Muiréad and Jean and his siblings Tomás, Gearóid, Colm, Adrienne and Anna.

Irish Independent

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