Thursday 21 February 2019

Death of pirate radio king Hugh

Another of the links with Louth's glory days in the 1950s was lost this week when Hugh Hardy, formerly of Omeath, passed away in the Beaumont Hospital.

Described as 'one of Omeath's most famous sons', Hugh Hardy, who died on Monday, was a member of the Louth 1957/58 squad, which brought the Sam Maguire Cup to the 'wee county' for the first and only time.

Living in Sutton Park, Dublin, for many years, he was the founder and presenter of Radio Carousel, one of the first pirate radio stations in the country which operated first from the roof of Dundalk Shopping Centre.

The Omeath impresario made programmes for RTÉ, UTV and other stations, as well as producing 110 videos, involving all the big names in Irish showbusiness.

He is survived by his wife Geraldine, sons Kieran and Kevin, daughters Carryle, Jacqueline and Pamela.

Reposing at his residence, the removal takes place this evening ( Wednesday) to the Church of the Ressurection, Bayside, at 5pm.

Removal on Thursday morning after prayers at 9.30am in Bayside to St Laurence's Church, Omeath, for Mass at noon followed by burial in adjoining cemetery.