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Ballaghaderreen man dies while daughter on flight to Australia


SUDDEN DEATH The late Frank Coleman from Edmondstown, Ballaghaderreen died suddenly this week.

Michael Commins

THE sudden death of Frank Coleman, Edmondstown, Ballaghaderreen, caused widespread shock and sadness in the region last week. Some hours before taking ill outside his home, he had said farewell to his daughter Leonie as she headed back to Australia after a family wedding.
Leonie’s husband and some friends were waiting for her at the airport when the plane touched down with the sad news of the passing of her father back home. They had already put plans in place for a return trip to Ireland to attend his funeral.
Frank and his wife Ann ran the post office in Edmondstown over the years and were very much at the heart of the local community. They were over in England last week for the wedding of their son David and were in top form. Leonie journeyed from Australia for the occasion and also spent a few days at home in the Ballaghaderreen area after the wedding.
“Frank was in mighty form and he was working away doing some small job outside the family home when he collapsed and died. The whole area was in shock.
“The hearts of all went out to Ann and the family and in a special way to Leonie who had just said goodbye and hugged her father some hours earlier. We can only imagine the way Leonie felt when she received the sad news on arrival in Australia,” said a neighbour.
Large crowds attended the funeral ceremonies at the Kilgarriff Funeral Home, Ballaghaderreen on Sunday evening and Mass of the Resurrection in the Cathedral of the Annunciation and St Nathy at 12 noon yesterday (Monday). Interment took place in Kilcolman Cemetery.
Frank will be sadly missed by his wife Ann and their family, Leonie, David and Michaela; grandchildren Luka, Zara, Sienna, Sofia and Stephanie; sons-in-law Paul and Kieran; daughter-in-law Rachel; his brother Dessie; sisters Bernie and Kay; sisters-in-law Dianne, Imelda, Mary, Daisy and Claire; brothers-in-law John, Jerry and the late Des; nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, neighbours and his many friends.