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'Shock and sadness' Roscommon fire victim Joey Tumulty to be buried one day after his partner Nuala Kenny

Joey’s funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Moore, followed by burial in Kilbegly Cemetery


Joey Tumulty RIP

Joey Tumulty RIP

Joey Tumulty RIP

Roscommon fire victim Joey Tumulty will be buried tomorrow morning, one day after his partner, Nuala Kenny, who died alongside him was laid to rest. 

Dad-of-two Joey and Nuala, who was mother to three children, both perished in the blaze at Rooty Cross, Drumalya, a townland close to the Galway border on May 13.

Joey’s funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Moore, followed by burial in Kilbegly Cemetery.

His funeral cortège will leave his home at 10.30am and those who wish to pay their respects are asked to stand out along the route while maintaining social distance.

A notice on RIP.ie states that the death has occurred of Joey Tumulty, “tragically alongside his partner Nuala”.

“Predeceased by his parents Maureen & Joe, and sisters Rita & Bernie,” it adds. “Deeply regretted by his loving daughters Zoe & Millie, brother Paddy, sisters Mary, Joan, Carmel, Anne, Phil & Veronica, their partners, his nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours, and wide circle of friends. May He Rest In Peace.”

Among the many messages in the condolences section is one from Joey’s former dance teacher who remembered him as “the life and soul on the dance floor”.

Another says: “Sincere sympathies too all the Tumulty family. May you rest in peace Joey. Thinking of everyone at this very sad time.”

“Words can’t describe the shock and sadness I feel when I heard about your tragic and sudden passing,” added another.

This morning, his partner Nuala will be laid to rest in Moore Cemetery after Mass in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Clonfad.

Mass will be celebrated for Nuala who was predeceased by her mum Rosaleen, twin brother Fergal and nephew Damien.

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Her death notice on RIP.ie states that Nuala was the “beloved mother of Daniel, Adam and Evan.

“She will be deeply missed by her sons, their father Paul, her father Martin, sisters, Bernie (Hendrick), Roisin (Rogerson) and Catherine (Hendrick), brothers, Gerry and Tommie, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, extended family, neighbours and friends,” the notice reads.

Of the many message of condolences left for Nuala is one that simply states: “May her gentle soul Rest In Peace.”

“Nuala was one in a million,” another adds. “ She will be sadly missed and in our hearts forever.”

One person has written: “Deepest sympathies to Daniel, Adam and Evan and the Kenny and McMorrow families on the sudden passing of Nuala. May her kind and gentle soul Rest in Peace.”

Speaking to independent.ie shortly after the tragedy, local parish priest Fr Michael Molloy said the news had sent shockwaves through the area.

“It's a very difficult morning to hear that tragic news, of fire at any time and the loss of life at any time, it sends shockwaves through the parish,” he said.

“This little parish bordering the parish of Ballinasloe, I am speaking also on behalf of Fr John Garvey and the community of that end of the parish, we are meeting together with the two parishes, so shockwaves have gone across both of them.


Nuala Kenny RIP

Nuala Kenny RIP

Nuala Kenny RIP

“It has been a very difficult morning for the families concerned and in a small, close-knit community where people know each other, it has been very, very difficult.

“They were just quiet people who went about their business and looked after their families.

“They would have been well-known in the area. They were very popular people in the area and very nice people. In a close community like this everyone knows each other and it is really a very difficult day for everybody.

“It is just a very, very tragic day and our sympathies and our prayers go to these people.

“May they rest in peace.”

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