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 plus his wit as that of Brendan Grace. He was a gentle person, always kind and helpful to all. He was affectionately known in Mayo as Mickuf.
From Ballydavock in Belcarra in Co. Mayo he was son of Tom and mother Margaret known as Peggy. He began his working life with his father in the family garage business. He married his best friend Paula in the 1970’s. They had two sons plus two daughters.
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. In later years he was to appear on Hughie Green’s “Opportunity Knocks” and the T.V show “Stairway to Stardom.” During the 1980’s he was persuaded to perform in Dublin but returned to his home county where he continued his career.
Mickuf recorded a C.D. entitled “Mick Cuffe Sings for You” that shortly after release raised cash for Cancer Care West.
He was the recipient of an award during 2001 for his contribution to the music world, with his artistry recognized in his own county.
Sadly Mick Cuffe was affected with a terminal illness but his last years were lived as usual with music, singing and jokes. When he died at the young age of fifty years his funeral mass and service was as musical as his career had been.
His funeral day was music-filled at Castlebar Church of the Holy Rosary as his daughter sang, friends played instruments, and in fact the whole congregation sang the beautiful “Blowing in the Wind.” His uncle Fr. Bernard Cuffe joined his wife’s two uncles among local clergy to celebrate his wonderful life. A Piper played bagpipes as Mick Cuffe entered Ballintubber Abbey for his last resting place.
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.” “The Legend may be gone but he will not be forgotten.” “Just to be around him was a tonic.” “The world is an emptier place without him.”
In the Connacht Telegraph edition of 24th September 2019 by Jaybee’s Corner, page 34; Mick Cuffe is mentioned as ‘a singer, musician & comedian.’
Tom Gillespie paid a tribute to Mick Cuffe in the Connaught Telegraph 31st March 2020 where he stated that one postman took particular interest in several isolated households in Manulla, Castlebar as he knew that some never had human contact.
In ‘The County Town’ 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 extended to Sharon Cuffe Flynn for information supplied.
Mayo Entertainment News, Mayo News, January 1st 2003.
Michael Mullen, Connacht Telegraph, September 18th 2002
Tom Sheil, Connacht Telegraph, September 18th 2002)