By Dan Walsh
Many tributes are being paid to the well-respected, well-known and successful Wexford town businessman, Michael Tierney, who passed away on Friday morning following a brave battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
Mr Tierney and his family owned many landmark businesses in Wexford town, including The Centenary Stores, which opened in October 1988, The Riverbank House Hotel, The Yard and T. Morris on Monck Street.
Leading the tributes, the Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Maura Bell, said; “Michael Tierney was a massive employer. He will never be forgotten in Wexford town, and he shouldn’t be!”
“I first encountered Mick Tierney over 30 years ago. He had come to town to establish The Centenary Stores after opening it at the former Paddy Lee’s bar. In the intervening period Mick became one of the most hardworking, progressive yet understated business people in his adopted town,” said Cllr George Lawlor, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, who added; “He never lost his humble almost shy demeanour throughout his time here but his often razor sharp wit was never too far away. He will be fondly remembered by all those he employed and indeed the thousands of customers who frequented his premises over the years but most of all he will be greatly missed by his loving family.”
With his wife Adrienne, Michael opened The Centenary Stores back in 1988 and gained an unrivalled reputation as one of the South East’s favourite nightlife spots.
Mr Tierney purchased The Riverbank House Hotel in 1998 and he transformed what was little more than a guesthouse into a popular hotel and a landmark for quality hospitality and tourism overlooking Wexford Harbour at Ferrybank.
He also owned and managed The Yard Restaurant and T Morris but the businesses were closed and sold off some time ago.
Michael Tierney will be remembered as a vital employer in Wexford town, particularly when the country was going through difficult times. Many of his staff were extremely long serving, some putting down more than 20 years’ service, testimony to his ‘work family’ ethic, and he was always hands-on and available to staff and customers.
FAMILY NOTICE; MICHAEL TIERNEY, Belmont, Newtown Road, Wexford, and Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny. Beloved son of Bridget and the late Michael Tierney, loving husband of Adrienne and loving father of Robert, Jennifer and Alison. Sadly missed by his loving wife, son, daughters, mother, son-in-law, Ruben, daughter-in-law Eva, granddaughter Tess, his brother, sisters, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family and many friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Funeral arriving to church of The Immaculate Conception, Rowe Street, Wexford, on Monday evening at 6.30pm for evening prayers. Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St Ibar’s Cemetery, Crosstown. House Private please.