Liam Coady Fine Gael Gentle Man – 10,000 show respect

On Friday 20th August, I drove down to Castlebar for the third trip to Mayo in my life. When respect for Coady and Kenny comes into the question, then there is no option except to get into the volvo and go. I did and was really very heartened by the huge size and dignity of the crown waiting in line to pay their respects to the family and to Liam laid out in his own funeral parlour. His family were most warm and welcoming in what must have been a dreadful emotional ordeal. I found the deaths of brother Tommy,wife Helen and my Mother very stressful in my own experience. Anyway, there was a huge gathering. It was good to talk to Michael Noonan, Frank Flannery, Lizzy Munnelly, Councillor Munnelly from Mayo,Leo Varadkar,Maurice Cummins, Catherine Noone and other FG luminaries. I arrived at 6 pm and the removal was due to go to the church at 8 bells but was postponed until 12 midnight due to size of the crowd. Liam Coady’s funeral must have been the biggest in Ireland since Cormac McAnallan in Tyrone after his sudden death. May Liam rest in peace. As Dave Allen would say – “May your God go with you”.

I should apologise to Eamonn Miliffe and Dom Molloy denizens of Castlebar for not calling on them but I did not want to intrude.

The Western People report on Liam Coady is below.

10,000 say goodbye

CLOSE to 10,000 people gathered in Castlebar to pay their respects to the late Liam Coady in what was one of the biggest funerals in the county in recent years.

Mr Coady, aged 64, was a close personal friend of Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and was his official driver for the past nine years. The large crowd included former EU ambassador and Fine Gael leader John Bruton; ex-Minister for Justice Nora Owen; MEPs Jim Higgins and Mairead McGuinness, as well as TDs, senators and councillors from across the political divide.

Mr Coady died suddenly while holidaying in London on August 13 last. His remains reposed at the family funeral home on Linenhall Street on Friday evening. It was 12 midnight before removal to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar, as thousands turned out to pay their respects to a hugely popular man and a pillar of the local community. At one stage the queues of mourners stretched from the funeral home all the way down Linenhall Street and around the corner as far as the Welcome Inn Hotel.

A former councillor and chairman of Castlebar Town Council, Mr Coady, from Knockthomas, also operated Coady’s Bar and funeral home with his brother Adrian.

Through his work with Deputy Kenny, Mr Coady was known throughout the country and was well-liked and respected in Dáil circles.

In an emotional eulogy, Mr Kenny described his great friend as “my pilot for over 500,000 miles”.

Mr Kenny praised his confidante’s loyalty and discretion.

“You’d get more from the engine of the car than from Coady,” he joked.

He said the pair never shared a cross word as they traversed the length and breadth of the country together.

“In all the miles and all the years, we never had a row, never went a minute in stony silence,” he said.

The chief mourners at the funeral Mass on Saturday morning were Mr Coady’s widow, Kathleen; daughter, Regina Coady-Sweeney; son-in-law Declan Sweeney; brother Adrian and sister Maria Carty. Chief celebrant of the Requiem Mass was Mr Coady’s cousin, Fr Liam Comer.

At the conclusion of the Mass, singer Michael English sang Liam’s favourite song, My Way.

The funeral cortege, with a guard of honour fronted by Mr Kenny, passed through Castlebar before Mr Coady was laid to rest at the Old Cemetery on the Newport Road.