Former Coalisland man dies in New York

Iggy Hughes
Iggy Hughes

A former Coalisland man who became a successful bar owner in New York has passed away.

Ignatius 'Iggy' Hughes (52) is understood to have died following a heart attack.

He was the owner of Iggy's bar in New York.

Opened first as an Irish bar in 1995, then transforming four more times before finally becoming the karaoke family bar it's known as today — iggy's motto was always "Come as a stranger, leave as a friend."

Mr Hughes is survived by his wife Caroline and three children.

He worked at other bars across the city including Fleming's Bar, and opened Iggy's Keltic Lounge and Avalon Bar.

A generous member of the New York community, he helped a homeless man by giving him a job as a busboy, a decade later the man now works as a superintendent of two buildings and has two children.

Friends said Mr Hughes would give a stranger the shirt off his back.

Mr Hughes was one of seven children and moved to the United States when he was about 18.