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Mickey Lazarus and Durcan’s coffin

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County View
John Healy

When Judge Patrick Durcan launched the biography of his grandfather in Castlebar last night, it rolled back the years to when the iconic Durcan’s business premises dominated the Main Street landscape for almost a century.
The premises, founded by Thomas Durcan in 1893, was located on the block where the Leo Doherty Menswear now stands, and its yards and workshops and stores ran back almost to the town river, the area now a public car park. And it sold everything from a needle to an anchor.
But it was its role as an undertakers that provided this writer with his earliest memory of the business. It was the early 1950s, and I was one of the 50-plus pupils in the middle class of the boys’ school. Among our classmates was Mickey, who lived just outside the town, but whose dislike of school was such that he occasionally........

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