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Michael and Beatrice Hurley died in the fire in Portmarnock

Michael and Beatrice Hurley died in the fire in Portmarnock

Michael and Beatrice Hurley died in the fire in Portmarnock

A Dublin couple who died when their house "went up like a box of matches" will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Beatrice Hurley (69) and her husband Michael (70) died on Saturday night when their home in Beach Park, Portmarnock, caught fire.

Their funeral mass will be at 10am at St Anne's Church in Portmarnock village.

Covid-19 guidelines mean it can be attended only by immediate family members.

The service will be streamed live online.

Neighbours who saw the blaze said the house "went up like a box of matches", while another described it as "like a tinderbox".

Mr Hurley had worked at Dublin Airport before his retirement, but he remained active in the community, teaching junior players of the Portmarnock Squash Club.

Gentleman

"A proper Cork gentleman, Mick loved his pints and he loved his squash," the club said in a tribute.

A neighbour said: "They were a lovely couple. It's so sad. We're all really upset.

"It's tragic, absolutely tragic."


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