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Claremorris shock at passing of Frank Horkan


PERFECT GENTLEMANThe late Frank Horkan.

Michael Commins

THE sudden death of Frank Horkan caused widespread shock and sadness throughout the Claremorris region in recent days. Frank and his wife Angela were attending a country music concert in Claremorris Town Hall Theatre on Thursday night when he took ill suddenly and died a short time later. 
Frank (71) was widely known throughout Claremorris and hinterland. He served as an agricultural advisor with Teagasc for many years was hugely respected in all areas of the community life of the region.
A native of the Killasser area near Swinford, Frank and his wife Angela (nee Hynes from Tynagh, Co Galway), lived at Balla Road, Claremorris, for many years where they raised a family of two, son Paul and daughter Fiona.
Frank was deeply involved with Claremorris Golf Club for many years and was a former Captain and President of the Club. He was also active in the Credit Union where his voluntary input and sound counsel was hugely appreciated by the Board of Directors.
He was immersed in the life of the parish and was chair of the Pastoral Council and closely associated with the life of St Colman’s Church in Claremorris. He was, as a friend said, a ‘perfect gentleman’.
Frank was a renowned Mayo supporter and followed the team with huge devotion all down through the years. Sunday after Sunday, he was ready for the ‘off’, always in good fettle and with a smile on his face.
Reposing was at Gilligan’s Funeral Home, Claremorris, on Sunday evening. Fr Peter Gannon, PP, assisted by Fr John O’Boyle, celebrated the Funeral Mass in Claremorris Church yesterday (Monday) where tributes were paid to Frank who was a gift to the Claremorris community.
The song, ‘Seven Spanish Angels’, performed by his brother-in-law Jimmy Hynes (of The Crusaders) was played as the coffin came down the aisle of St Colman’s Church.
Frank will be greatly missed by his wife Angela, son Paul and daughter Fiona (Tighe), daughter-in-law Jennifer, son-in-law Shane, grandchildren Aoife and Cathal, his sister Patsy Goggins (Westport), brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Marie, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and his many friends.

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