Mick Cuffe

Singer / Musician / Entertainer

Mick Cuffe Presentation for 30 years performances
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Linenhall, Castlebar
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Mall Castlebar
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Grave at Ballintubber Abbey
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Singer / Musician / Entertainer

Mick Cuffe had an extraordinary voice plus stage presence that he shared with millions during his thirty – plus career.  His voice has been likened to Roy Orbinson with his wit as that of Brendan Grace.  He was a gentle person: always kind & helpful to all.  He was affectionately known in Mayo as Mickuf.

From Ballydavock in Belcarra in Co. Mayo Mick Cuffe was son of Tom & mother Margaret (known as Peggy).

Mechanic

He began his working life with his father in the family garage business.

Marriage

He married his best friend Paula in the 1970’s.  They had two sons also two daughters.

Career

Mick Cuffe’s amazing talent on guitar plus his ambition to perform as an entertainer led to his many public performances in Ireland.  He captivated audiences wherever he sang or played his low – slung guitar whilst he also entertained with his wonderful tales.  He joined the famous Brose Walsh Showband during the 1970’s.  During the 1980’s he was persuaded to perform in Dublin but returned to his home county where he continued his career.

Recording

Mickuf recorded a C.D. entitled “Mick Cuffe Sings for You” that shortly after release raised cash for Cancer Care West.

T. V. Shows

In later years Mick Cuffe performed on Hughie Green’s ‘Opportunity Knocks’ also the T.V show ‘Stairway to Stardom.

Honoured

He was the recipient of an Award during 2001 for his Contribution to the music world  It was deserving that his artistry was recognized in his own county.

Illness

Sadly Mick Cuffe was affected with a terminal illness but his last years were lived as usual with music, singing also his numerous jokes.

Demise

Mick Cuffe’s demise occurred at the young age of fifty years.

Funeral Service

His funeral Mass & Service at Castlebar Church of the Holy Rosary was as musical as his career had been!  His funeral day was music – filled as his daughter sang, friends played instruments.  In fact the whole congregation sang the beautiful ‘Blowing in the Wind.’  His uncle Fr. Bernard Cuffe joined his wife’s two uncles amongst the local clergy to celebrate his wonderful life.  A Piper played bagpipes as Mick Cuffe entered Ballintubber Abbey for his last resting place.

Tributes

There have been very many tributes passed to this extraordinary talented man including the following;

‘He was a man of many talents, humour, generosity and fun.’

‘Just to be around him was a tonic.’

‘The Legend may be gone but he will not be forgotten.’

‘The world is an emptier place without him.’

Footnotes

Tom Gillespie paid a tribute to Mick Cuffe in ‘The Connaught Telegraph’ of  31st March 2020 where he stated that one Postman took particular interest in several isolated households within Manulla, Castlebar as he knew that some residents never had any human contact.

In ‘The County Town’ on page 51 of ‘The Connaught Telegraph’ on 14th April 2020 Mick Cuffe is mentioned as holding court in his base of The Sunflower Lounge in Castlebar by Tom Gillespie.

Appreciation is extended to Sharon Cuffe Flynn for information supplied.

 Sources

The Mayo News’(Mayo Entertainment News 1st January 2003)

The Connacht Telegraph’ (Michael Mullen 18th September 2002)

The Connacht Telegraph’ (Tom Sheil 18th September 2002)

 

 

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