Michael O’Regan, a former Echo Boy, passed away on December 27, 2022. Let’s see how the Echo boy died and Michael O’Regan cause of death in detail.
How did Michael O’Regan die?
Cork city’s Echo Man, Michael O’Regan has died. Michael O’Regan, who sells Echo newspapers to passers by in an old Irish city was no more. Lord Mayor of Cork has led tributes to the Echo boy.
Mr. O’Regan began his career as a newsvendor in 1960, selling papers of the Evening Echo on the corner of Princes Street and Patrick Street.
Two Cork legends passed in the last two days. Two people who seemed to always be there. RIP to Mr Kenny Lee and Mr Michael O’Regan, both of whom were part of the fabric of our city.
— Cllr Damian Boylan (@DamianBoylanFG) December 27, 2022
Cllr. Deirdre Forde, the Lord Mayor of Cork, said she had known Mr. O’Regan from her own time working in the bank and that he had been a part of the fabric of life in the city.
“I’m very sorry to hear Michael has passed away because he is so iconic to Cork city, part of our society, it’s almost impossible to think of Cork and not think of him,” Cllr Forde said.
Michael O’Regan cause of death:
O’Regan from McDonagh Road, Ballyphehane sadly passed away on December 27, 2022, in St. Claire’s Ward of St. Finbarr’s Hospital.
Michael (Echo Boy), a beloved son of the late Harry and Margaret (Peggy), brother of Seán(John), passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.
He will be missed by his devoted brother, sister-in-law Theresa, nephews Anthony, Ger, and Eoin, niece Nicola, as well as his family and numerous friends.
Tributes flooded the social media once the demise news of Michael broke out. Echolive confirmed his death by paying tribute to the Echo boy.
The city has lost a real Cork character, Michael O’Regan. Long live the Echo boys. https://t.co/VWDWdKacj7
— Dylan O’Connell (@JudgeDyl) December 27, 2022
The Echo’s editor, Maurice Gubbins, declared that Cork had lost an institution.
“Michael was a giant of a newsvendor – of one of the finest people in the news business in Cork – an iconic figure in our city,” Mr. Gubbins said.
“He will be very much missed. We offer our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.” Seán Murphy, circulation manager for The Echo and the Irish Examiner, said a piece of Cork’s history had died.
“He was an absolute gentleman, a lovely, lovely man to work with, he loved what he did, loved selling the paper, never missed a day, and he just loved his customers as well,” Mr. Murphy said.
“Michael will be sorely missed.”
Jerry Cronin, who died earlier this year after a 70-year career as an Echo Boy, had a close friendship with Mr. O’Regan, according to Donal Cronin, whose father Jerry was an Echo Boy.
Who was Michael O’Regan?
Michael O’Regan was popularly known as Echo boy in Cork city. Cork’s famous ‘Echo Boy’, Michael O’Regan, has been selling the Evening Echo and Holly Bough in the city for more than 50 years.
“Nearly everything has changed on Patrick Street since I started selling the Evening Echo at Cavendish’s Corner,” he stated the Holly Bough in 2004 when it was assumed he had managed to sell a million Echo’s.
When he started in 1960, Sean Lemass was Taoiseach, Jack Kennedy was eyeing the White House, and the Evening Echo cost two old pence (2d).
He received a morning pitch in 1969, “the year Neil Armstrong went,” at No. 10 Patrick Street, outside the then-Bank of Ireland, he recalled.
Echo boy put in more than a decade at his beloved job, working in all kinds of weather, six days a week, excluding bank holidays. He only recently retired.
Tributes to Michael O’Regan:
Dylan O’Connell tweeted,
The city has lost a real Cork character, Michael O’Regan. Long live the Echo boys.
Cork Sinn Féin posted,
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of legendary Echo seller Michael O’Regan who has sadly passed away. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Edwin Long commented,
He was a workaholic on his day off he’d go to Crosshaven & worked the fun fair on the Sunday a true gent RIP MICHAEL
Mary Vaughan commented,
RIP. Remember him when selling the Echo when working in the GPO. many moons ago. Legend of cork.
Mags Brennan posted,
Rest in Peace Michael always a great man to go to Aruba Coughlans Ballets.
Patrick Blake commented,
Oh god bless he’s poor soul and sending deepest condolences to he’s family and all that knew him. RIP Michael
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