Death of Duncormick pub legend ‘Sammy’ Sinnott

The legendary Sammy Sinnott in conversation with Cllr Jim Codd at his pub in Duncormick. Pic; Jim Codd.

The lamented death has occurred of the legendary Duncormick publican, John ‘Sammy’ Sinnott, (aged 91), a man of stories, outstanding character and a gentleman whose reputation extended far beyond his intimate thatched roof pub where drama, creativity, folklore and a welcome for all and sundry never waned.

Many tributes have been paid. General Election candidate Cllr Jim Codd said; “Many a great night I spent with this man in his pub in Duncormick. He was a wealth of knowledge on all topics and a mentor to those, like myself, who greatly respected his republican values and love for his country.”

Sammy ran the family business, which was founded originally by his great grandmother who ‘left a pub in Cullenstown in 1795’ and came to start ‘Sinnott’s of Duncormick’.

In 2003, he told the local newspaper; ‘My family have been here 208 years. When you’re around a place that long, there’s not a lot about the place that you don’t know.” He continued; “When my great grandmother came here she only had a small place. A little huxter shop. Sure we never got much bigger, we kept it small. People like you a lot better if you don’t get too big.”

Sammy was the only son of the late James Sinnott, while his mother Frances (neé Berry) was a member of well-known equestrian Berry clan. It was probably from there that Sammy got his love of horses – which spurred many colourful trips to racecourses throughout Ireland and abroad.

As an only child, Sammy nearly ended the Sinnott dynasty at the age of 16 when a priest was called to annoint him when he fell foul to a dangerous kidney ailment ‘Brights Disease’. “I had only two hours to live, and I was unconscious for hours,” he recalled. However, he pulled through and went on to help his mother run the family business.

Sammy has always lived in Duncormick, where he also kept some sheep and dry stock on land, he also loved the pop era that brought him in contact with some of the world’s most famous names from the Rolling Stones, to Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and even Guns and Roses.

FUNERAL NOTICE; JOHN ‘SAMMY’ SINNOTT, Sinnott’s Pub, Duncormick; Sadly missed by his loving family, cousins, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace. Reposing in Ryan’s funeral home Wellingtonbridge on Sunday from 1 pm, with removal at 6.30 pm to the Church of the Assumption Rathangan. Funeral Mass on Monday, January 27th at 12 noon, burial afterwards in Rathangan cemetery. Family flowers only, donations if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society and Wexford Hospice Homecare. RIP.

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