Sad passing of renowned Cookstown publican

COOKSTOWN lost one of its best known residents last week with the sad passing of Brendan Mulgrew.

Born in January 1939, Brendan was the son of Patrick and Rose Ann Mulgrew, from Fultan, Carrickmore.

Born into a family of eight sisters and nine brothers Brendan moved to Birmingham at the tender age of 14 to begin a job in construction.

Brendan would go on to establish his own construction firm and would play his part in some of moments of history.

His construction firm was involved in removing the Berlin Wall, constructing the Eurotunnel and the construction of Eurodisney in Paris.

Brendan met Rose, the love of his life at Kileenan Hall, in Kildress and married in 1961. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary just last year.

Brendan and Rose married in Birmingham and had four of their children there.

The returned to Ireland in 1966 when Brendan bought a farm house in Lissan, although Brendan maintained business interests in Birmingham.

Brendan perhaps became best known in Cookstown for his ownership of the Cartwheel Bar, which he owned up until his untimely passing and Clubland which is now owned by his son Raymond.

The proud father of seven children, Brendan was extremely proud when his grandson Raymond was part of the Tyrone team who picked up an All Ireland medal in 2008.

A representative of the Mulgrew family said: “Daddy’s death is a massive blow to his family, friends and indeed to a lot of people throughout Ireland. From a family point of view we are devastated.

Mummy has lost the love of her life. They were a devoted couple and you would seldom see one without the other.

“We are very grateful to have had him in our lives and are pleased to call him a father.

“He was a kind hearted and genuine man and very forgiving. He had a strong faith and loved to see people doing well in life.”

Brendan was a hard working and fair man and was often heard to remark, “No matter where people are from they are all equal to me.”

Brendan is survived by his beloved wife Rose and his loving children Raymond, Annette, Brenda, Brendan, Damian, Maria and Catherine. Brendan was a brother of Patrick, Oliver, Coleman, Gerard, Jude, Mary, Bridget, Philomena, Teresa, Betsy and Rita and the late Colum, Joseph, Tony, Kathleen and Patricia.

Requiem Mass for Brendan was held in St Joseph’s Church, Kileenan, on Saturday 23rd June with burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Dunamore.