Tuesday, October 11, 2016

James “Mully” Mulligan, 56, was known as the "Typical Neighborhood Irish Drunk" and popular at local bars - he was struck by a pick-up truck driven by 21-year-old Savanna Olson and instantly turned into a giant bloody mary while staggering home

Duluth MN police on Monday identified the pedestrian and driver involved in a fatal collision Sunday afternoon in Duluth’s Hillside neighborhood.

James “Mully” Mulligan, 56, was killed when he was struck by a pickup driven by 21-year-old Savanna Olson just before 2 p.m. at the intersection of Sixth Avenue East and Sixth Street, the Duluth Police Department reported.

Police said Olson was turning onto the avenue when her vehicle struck Mulligan in the intersection. Mulligan, who was within blocks of his home, was pronounced dead at the scene.

That intersection has stop signs for traffic on Sixth Street.

Mulligan was a fixture at a few local bars, including RT Quinlan’s Saloon, where he worked as a swamper, cleaning the bar early in the morning. Bartender Mark “Sparky” Mattila described his longtime friend as having a huge heart.

“He would do so much, you didn’t have to ask,” said Mattila. “I had a water glass and he would chill it for me so it was cold when I got (to RT’s). I’d walk in at 7:30 a.m. and he’d already have the popcorn cooked.”

Mulligan was born and raised in Grand Marais, before his family moved to Duluth. He graduated from Duluth Central High School, but went back to Grand Marais and worked for more than a decade as a cook at East Bay Suites in Grand Marais, according to his cousin Becky Pederson. Even though he wasn’t cooking professionally anymore, he was still doing it recreationally.

“He loved to cook & drink,” she said, adding that the last time she saw him he had prepared for her pork steaks, potatoes and stuffing.

Mulligan enjoyed drinking, fishing, camping, his black lab Sambuca and spending time with friends at RT Quinlan’s, Old Chicago and Sneakers, according to Pederson. He was a handyman who could fix anything. He mostly drank beer, she said, but occasionally he would have a shot of Goldschlager.

“He was so loving and trusting and funny — beyond-belief funny,” she said. “He had the biggest heart in the world. He was the love of my life.”

Police said an investigation is ongoing, and final reports on the incident are not expected in the “near future.”

James “Mully” Mulligan leaves behind many family members and even more unpaid bar tabs. 

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have dick, will travel. Learned a long time ago
Not to piss on hot motorcycle engines.

Anonymous said...

We need more of those drivers to plow down some scum bag Irish politicians here in Illinois.

Anonymous said...

Obit will reveal he once worked as field tester
For electrical fence company

Anonymous said...

Good Irish boy. Veteran of pissing contests with other
kids growing up.

Anonymous said...

PICKUP TRUCK GOMER SAYS:

" Us pickup Truck Gomer's ain't knowed much for arr driivin skylls. Thay'tts why we got lotsa daynts in orr pickup trukks".

Anonymous said...

PICKUP TRUCK GOMER SAYS:

" Us pickup Truck Gomer's ain't knowed much for arr driivin skylls. Thay'tts why we got lotsa daynts in orr pickup trukks".

Anonymous said...

Look at TR's, dozen officers daily stumbling into 111th street.

Anonymous said...

Duluth Mn has nothing to do but drink

Anonymous said...

Claimed PTSD from his stint driving the ball retrieval
Contraption at the driving range. Psychiatrist told him
Yes, people WERE trying to hit him, but it was nothing
Personal. Tried to get disability for claustrophobia, but
Defense produced photos of him kissing the Blarney Stone.
Would drive miles to find a decent St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Overjoyed the first time his piss came out green.

Anonymous said...

no stupid. fucker was smashed like a plate full of haggis.

Anonymous said...

He was most likely the guy at the bar who was some fucking know it all, everyone tolerated him but really couldn't stand him, thought everyone liked him but hell no.

Anonymous said...

saw a lot of these guys as a kid growing up on the southside around 73rd and vincennes. always a bull shit story or two.about the big games they played at Parker high school and broke the tie,about the germans they routed from a barn in france or later the ""gooks"" they fought in korea,if they had kids they ignored them and the kids never had decent clothes or food in the apt,that the rent was always late for,a hard scrabble wife that wouldn;t divorce becase it would be a mortal sin so it was great to suffer and be deprived along with the kids,,,the only redeeming factor was that when the niggers came and by this time wife and kids left him and the neighborhood they murdered his drunken irish ass,,,end of story,,,,

Anonymous said...

POS drunkin Irish boozer down !

Anonymous said...

Look at TR's, dozen officers daily stumbling out after getting bjs from mr bourbon streets sleazy mom.

Anonymous said...

Faith and begorra lads.
Another potatoes head mick off to see his maker.
Aye, we'll shake our shilelaghs for ya bucko!

Anonymous said...

Oh Danny Boyyy...
The pipes
The tailpipes
are calling youuuu

Anonymous said...

"Savanna Olson"

good name for a Scandinavian porn star.

Anonymous said...

Hat's off to yet another drunken Irish bum!

Anonymous said...

Don't worry Bourbon street guy! You're funny as hell! Keep up the great work. Stories just not the same without your witty and timely comments! Fuck the cheap coppers!

Anonymous said...

I knew an Irish guy who had a wife who went thru chemo
And finally died of cancer. His wife's sister helped with the
Care. After his wife died, he married his wife's sister. Very
Biblical.

Out of the car Motherfucker!! said...

Is that a pic of Gerry McCarthy???? BURRRRRRRRRRPPP!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

826 pm is bourbon street buffoon posting stupid self promoting self congratulatory shit again.
The bourbon street jokes are lame, boring and unfunny.
Comments not timely or witty.
Bourbon street jokes are cheap on originality and humor, long on boring redundancy.
They're not going to run bourbon street out of business and the stupid channel 2 expose didn't get one officer in trouble.

Anonymous said...

Drunken Irish again. What else is new?

Anonymous said...

Cubs fan......

Anonymous said...

We like mr bourbon st!!! Engine 100 - ladder 42