Death of Hugh O'Lunney

Hugh O'Lunney pictured here second from right


By Irish Echo Staff

Hugh O'Lunney, known widely and equally in the Irish American community for his hospitality, generosity and commitment to a united Ireland, has died after losing his battle with cancer.

The County Cavan native passed on Thursday, February 18.

For years a leading figure in the New York Irish business community as a bar and restaurant owner, O'Lunney was known for throwing open the doors of his hostelries to a wide array of groups and organizations.

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Sadly, though, his most recent venue, O'Lunney's of Times Square, was a casualty of the Covid-19 economic slump which has been especially felt by the hospitality industry.

A wake for Mr. O'Lunney will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, February 22 at the Hodder Farenga Funeral Home

899 McLean Avenue in Yonkers, phone (914)237-5800.

A funeral Mass will be at 10.45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, at St. Barnabas Church, 4343 Martha Avenue in the Bronx.

Interment will will follow at 12.30 p.m. at St. Raymond's Cemetery, 2600 Lafayette Avenue, also in the Bronx.

Mr. O'Lunny was born Hugh Lunney but used the O prefix. Condolence and Mass cards for him can be mailed to: The Lunney Family, 180 Kneeland Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10705.