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Michael and Beatrice Hurley died tragically in a house fire

Michael and Beatrice Hurley died tragically in a house fire

Michael and Beatrice Hurley died tragically in a house fire

The funeral details for a Dublin couple who died tragically due to a house fire have been released.

Beatrice Hurley, age 69, and her husband Michael Hurley, age 70, both unfortunately lost their lives on Saturday night after their family home in Portmarnock lit ablaze.

The couple, who had five children together, were quite well known in their close-knit community. On Sunday, neighbours left flowers outside the house on Beach Park.

On Friday, December 11 at 10am, a funeral mass will be held for the couple at St Anne's Church in Portmarnock village. Current Covid-19 safety guidelines mean the mass will only be attended by immediate family members, but the mass will also be livestreamed.

Their death notices on RIP.ie mentions how Beatrice and Michael will be missed by their friends and family.

“Dearly beloved parents of Joy, Dawn, Grace, Michael and Abigail, will be very sadly missed and forever remembered by their children and their partners, their adored grandchildren Matthew, Julia, Ben, Erin, Lily, Jake, Aibhe and Sophie, brothers and sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, good friends and neighbours,” it said.

“May they Rest in Peace.”

Neighbours who witnessed the tragic accident said the house “went up like a box of matches”, with another describing it “like a tinderbox”.

Gardaí are currently investigating the cause of the fire, and a technical examination of the scene was carried out last Sunday.

Mr Hurley had previously worked at Dublin Airport before his retirement. But he remained active in the local community afterwards, and taught junior players at the Portmarnock Squash Club.

Speaking to the Independent about Mr and Ms Hurley, one neighbour said: “They were a lovely couple, it’s so sad. We are all really upset.”

“They had a lot of friends on the street, children who grew up with their children. It’s tragic, absolutely tragic.”

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