09 Aug 2022

Longford saddened by untimely death of All-Ireland Fleadh winner and gifted actor Liam Butler

Late Liam Butler, Newport, Legan, Co Longford

Longford saddened by untimely death of All-Ireland Fleadh winner and gifted actor Liam Butler

The late Liam Butler, Newport, Legan, Co Longford

The death occurred, peacefully, in the loving care of his family and the doctors, nurses and staff of the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar, on Friday, November 5 last, of Liam Butler, Newport, Legan.   

A former All-Ireland Scór, Fleadh and Réadóirí champion, Liam was well known far and wide, and his humour brought laughter to so many, always lifting their spirits.

All in Legan and throughout Longford were saddened to hear the news of the untimely death of Liam following a recent illness.

Liam was such a talented and comical character that always had a good word for everyone.  

Liam was an incredibly gifted actor and he was a member of the Legan Drama Group since 1993. He played a number of leading roles culminating in a stellar performance as the Bull McCabe in the 1999 production of The Field. 

Liam was an accomplished and popular raconteur and did his parish, county and indeed province proud in securing All Ireland titles for recitation in both Scòr and Readoirì competitions. Liam also took gold at the Leinster Fleadh Cheoil in 2015 and 2016.

Liam always had a recitation for every occasion from the Greatest of the Gael, his All Ireland winning Mary Anne McGee and of course his trademark Piddling Pete.

Liam was a devoted family man and his world revolved around them. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife and best friend Ann (née Keenan), adored children Gerard and Olivia, Gerard’s fiancée Fiona, Olivia’s partner Ronan, sisters Netta (Murphy) and Rose (Hickey), brothers Sean, Peter, Vinny and Raymond, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives, a wide circle of friends and Liam’s community.

Liam reposed at his home in Newport (N39 X448) on Tuesday, November 9 and Funeral Mass took place last Wednesday, November 10 in St Mary’s Church, Legan at 1pm, followed by burial in Foxhall Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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