Malahide marks passing of 'star-crossed lovers'
The community of Malahide turned out to remember one of their own as the 'soul-mates' that were Frank Dunne and his wife Alex as their lives were celebrated at a funeral mass following a tragic fatal accident on the Shannon which claimed both of their lives.
Frank Dunne was originally from Malahide and lived in Germany with his wife Alexandra Malkin Dunne.
The couple were on a river cruise on the Shannon when tragedy struck on Friday, March 31 and both drowned in what investigators are treating as a terrible accident.
Reports suggest that the couple may have died trying to save each other.
It is understood the alarm was raised by friends of the couple after attempts were made to contact them by phone, but there was no response. They had rented a boat for a trip on the river and are believed to have been familiar with the area.
Mr Dunne's remains were located in the river close to the boat at 2pm, on that tragic Friday afternoon while his wife's body was recovered in the water later that same afternoon.
At the funeral mass on Saturday at St Sylvester's Church in Malahide, the couple were remembered as 'star-crossed lovers' and 'soul-mates' in a moving ceremony attended by family, friends and former neighbours in Malahide.
Gary, a childhood friend of Frank knew the couple well and said they were 'two beautiful people' and 'two star-crossed lovers'.
The couple's friend said that when Frank introduced Alex to his friends 'they just seemed perfect from the start'.
He spoke of Alex's love of football and of laughter and of her 'gentleness and grace'.
'It is so hard to think that death has put a total and final end to who Frank and Alex were,' Frank's childhood friend told the church.
With relatives and friends in Malahide, Roscommon, England, Germany and Australia, the couple's loss is being felt far and wide.
Following the funeral service in Malahide on Saturday morning, the couple were taken for cremation at Dardistown Crematorium