• The funeral takes place in County Monaghan this morning of country music legend Big Tom.

    The 81 year old 'King of Country' died on Tuesday morning.

    Thousands of fans and friends gathered in his native Oram on Wednesday to say their goodbyes.

    Mr McBride's funeral Mass gets underway at 11am this morning in St Patrick's Church, Oram, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

    The Mass is expected to be attended by musicians, singers, friends and fans of Big Tom’s from all over the country.

  • The heartbroken father of a Co Galway teenager, who died suddenly after her Debs Ball, has said her death has left an “irreplaceable hole” in the family’s lives.

    19-year old Jessica Moore from Bullaun, Loughrea passed away in the early hours of Monday morning after falling ill at a hotel in Ballinasloe.

    Tributes have been paid across the community for Jessica, who has been described as “talented and artistic”.

    In an online post, her father Brendan Moore said "My little girl is now an angel. There’s always going to be an irreplaceable hole in our lives. Rest easy Jess, you’ll never be forgotten.”

    Her remains will repose this evening at Kilboy's Funeral Home, Loughrea ahead of  her funeral tomorrow at 1 o'clock in St Patrick’s Church, Bullaun.

    The parish priest of Bullaun, Fr Pat Kenny, described Ms Moore as “talented and gifted” and said the local community’s sympathies are with her family.

    Gardaí are continuing their investigation into her sudden death,  and have spoken to a number of people who were at the Debs Ball on Sunday night.

    After falling ill, Jessica was taken to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

    She was due to receive her Leaving Cert results yesterday.

    Jessica is survived by her parents Brendan and Catherine Moore, her sister Ali and brother Cian, grandparents and extended family.





  • Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the Mulranny man who died in a road collision on Sunday evening.

    64-year old Padraig Doherty from Géata, Mulranny died in the single-vehicle crash on the N59 close to Mulranny, when his car left the road and entered the water at about 7pm.

    The married father of two was pronounced dead at the scene, while his 12-year old son, who was a passenger in the car, sustained minor injuries.

    Padraig Doherty's remains will repose at his residence tomorrow (Wed0 evening from 4.30 until 8.30.

    Funeral Mass takes place at 12 noon on Thursday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Mulranny followed by burial in Murrivaugh Cemetery.


  • The funeral will take place in Dublin on Saturday of Tuam-born playwright Tom Murphy, who passed away in hospital on Tuesday night.

    Many tributes have been paid to the Galway playwright, who worked closely with the Druid Theatre and Abbey Theatre.

    His remains will repose at his home in Rathgar, Dublin tomorrow evening from 4-8pm.

    A Humanist Service in celebration of his life will take place on Saturday morning at 11am at the Mansion House in Dublin, followed by private cremation.

    Tom Murphy is survived by his wife Jane and first wife Mary, two sons Bennan and Johnny, his daughter Nell, grand-daughter and extended family.



  • The funeral will take place in Cork later this week of Valerie Kilroy, nee French, who was found dead at her home in Westport last Friday.

    The body of the 41-year old mother-of-three was discovered by Gardai at her home in Kilbree, Westport and her husband James has since been charged with her murder.

    Mr Kilroy was brought before a special sitting of Castlebar District Court on Sunday and was remanded in custody to Harristown Court in Castlerea next Friday.

    Valerie French Kilroy ,a HSE occupational therapist, was formerly from Leap, Co Cork.

    Her Funeral Service will take place in St Fachtna's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Rosscarberry, Co Cork on Thursday at 2.30pm, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

    She's survived by her husband and three children, her mother, brother, three sisters, and extended family.


  • The funeral has taken place in Ballina of Jack Dodd, the young Mayo showjumper who died from injuries sustained in a road collision in Belgium.

    A native of Coolcronan, Foxford, the 25-year old passed away in a Netherlands hospital last week.

    Jack represented Ireland in showjumping from youth level up to senior level, winning the FEI European Championships in Italy as part of the Irish team in 2014.

    In 2016, he earned a place in the prestigious International Young Riders Academy.

    He set up his own business in Belgium, where he achieved success both in Young Horse events and in the top international classes in European show jumping.

    Members of Horse Sport Ireland and the Irish and international equestrian community attended his funeral Mass this morning at St Patrick's Church, Ballina.

    Jack's bridle, hat and gloves were among the items brought to the altar.

    Celebrant Fr Liam Reilly described Jack as a great man, son, friend and sportsman.

    The young showjumper was laid to rest at Leigue Cemetery in Ballina.


  • The brother of Valerie French-Kilroy has told her funeral that her "three young sons are almost unaware of the catastrophe that has unfolded around them".

    Speaking at the service in Rosscarbery in Co. Cork, David French told the congregation they were here to celebrate Valerie's wonderful life, and not to remember her violent death. 

    He said that the wellbeing and future of her children will be the family's priority. 

    Valerie French-Kilroy was killed at her home near Westport last week and her husband James Kilroy has been charged with her murder. 

    He's due before Harristown Court in Castlerea tomorrow.


  • The funeral takes place this afternoon of retired Bishop of Elphin, Christy Jones.

    His funeral Mass gets underway at 1.30 in Sligo Cathedral, with burial afterwards in the Cathedral Grounds.

    Bishop Jones’ remains were brought to the Cathedral last night for prayers, following two days of public repose, where hundreds of people paid their final respects at St Mary’s Presbytery in Sligo.

    Bishop Jones, who served as Bishop of Elphin for 20 years until 2014, is survived by his sister, Sr Eileen, sister in law Pauline, nieces and nephews.



  • Ballina Gardai are advising people to expect very heavy traffic in the town today, as the annual Heritage Day takes place, along with the funeral of a popular Garda who died suddenly on Saturday evening.

    50-year old Detective Garda Martin Mitchell of Killala Road, Ballina collapsed and died suddenly while out jogging in Belleek.

    The father of two will be laid to rest today in Leigue Cemetery, following 11am Requiem Mass in St Muredach's Cathedral.

    Gardai are expecting a large attendance at the funeral Mass, while up to 40,000 people are expected in Ballina today for Heritage Day - one of the highlights of the 2019 Ballina Street Festival.

    Gardai are advising people to expect delays and obey the stewards on traffic duty.


  • The Funeral service took place today of JP Duffy who passed away on Saturday, while taking part in the Westport Sea 2 Summit Challenge.

    Large crowds attended the funeral service this afternoon in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Curry.

    Mr Duffy from Bunnacranagh, Curry, Co. Sligo, who was a successful entrepreneur, became ill on the latter stages of the endurance challenge.

    The Westport Sea 2 Summit challenge involves cycling, running and ascending and descending Croagh Patrick.

    Mr Duffy was a founder of telecoms business Westel Utilities Limited.

  • A man who died in a road collision earlier this week on the N5 will be laid to rest on Monday.

    Frank Walsh of Treenlaur, Kiltimagh died when the car he was driving collided with an articulated truck on the N5 at Swinford near the Applegreen.

    Frank’s remains will repose at O’Hora’s Funeral Home Kiltimagh tomorrow evening from 5.30 until 8pm.

    He will be laid to rest following 12 noon Funeral Mass in the Church of the Holy Family, Kiltimagh on Monday in Kilkinure Cemetery, Kiltimagh.

  • Marian Finucane has been described as an icon of Irish Broadcasting at her funeral mass in Co Kildare.

    Hundreds of mourners from the world of politics and public life have attended the funeral of the 69 year old who died suddenly on Thursday.

    Marian was a regular visitor to Achill Island where she owned a holiday home.

    At today's funeral Mass, her son Jack thanked the thousands of people from all over the country who sent messages of condolence to the family.

  • The removal will take place this evening of former Mayor of Castlebar Brendan Henaghan who passed away on Tuesday.

    The well-known businessman became ill at his home in Snugboro on Sunday night and passed away early on Tuesday morning at Mayo University Hospital.

    Brendan is survived by his wife Patricia, three sons Tom, twins Colm and John, his mother Carmel, relatives and friends.

    A member of the local Fine Gael party, he served on Castlebar Town Council from 2003 to 2014, and served as Mayor of Castlebar for two terms.

    Paying tribute to Mr Henaghan, Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring said he extended his deepest sympathy to Brendan’s wife Patricia, to their three sons Tom, Colm and John and Brendan’s mother Carmel.

    Minister Ring says Brendan was an ever present member of Castlebar Town Council and loyal stalwart of the Fine Gael party in Castlebar. Minister Ring said he considers himself fortunate to have been able to call Brendan a friend.

    Mr Henaghan’s remains will repose at the Coady Funeral Home in Castlebar this evening from 5-8pm.

    He will be laid to rest following 11am Funeral Mass in The Church of the Holy Rosary tomorrow in Castlebar new cemetery.

  • The second victim of Monday night’s fatal road collision in Ballina will be laid to rest later today.

    28-year-old Ricky Langdon from St Patrick’s Estate, Ballina died along with 21-year-old Jack O’Hora from Newtown, Castleconnor, Co Sligo when the car they were travelling in hit a tree on the Killala Road on Monday night at around 11.15pm.

    Funeral Mass for Mr Langdon will take place in St Patrick's Church, Ballina today at 12.30 with burial afterwards in Leigue Cemetery.

    Mr O’Hora was laid to rest yesterday afternoon in Killanley Cemetery, Castleconnor. 

    Gardai are continuing to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them. 

  • Warm tributes were paid at his funeral Mass in Carnacon this afternoon to Jimmy Corbett, one of the country’s most successful ladies club football managers.

    Mr Corbett, who passed away at the weekend, co-managed the Carnacon senior team to 6 All-Irelands, 16 Connacht titles and 20 county tiles, along with numerous underage titles.

    Club players past and present - including Cora Staunton who flew in from the United States - formed a guard of honour as his remains were brought from St. Mary’s Church for burial in Burriscarra Cemetery.

    Local parish priest Fr. Michael Farragher was the chief celebrant of the funeral Mass.

    Tributes were paid to Jimmy at the funeral Mass as a man who had changed the face of ladies Gaelic football.

    Mourners heard he was a kind, caring person, a father figure to the many girls who played on the various teams which he managed over the years.


    He's survived by his wife Sadie, daughters, Michelle, Lorraine, Yvonne and Marie, sons Kevin, Damian. Michael, Declan and Sean and extended family.