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Tributes paid following death of former garda Frank (85)

Sadness in Graiguenamanagh as much-loved local laid to rest after house fire

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Emergency services at the scene of the fire in Graiguenamanagh

Emergency services at the scene of the fire in Graiguenamanagh

The late Frank Stafford (Snr)

The late Frank Stafford (Snr)

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Emergency services at the scene of the fire in Graiguenamanagh

Tributes poured in during the week as former Garda Sergeant Frank Stafford Snr (85) of Main Street, Graiguenamanagh, was laid to rest on Thursday in Calvary Cemetery following a poignant funeral mass at Duiske Abbey.

Sadly, owing to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, Frank Snr was unable to get the large send-off befitting of a man of his stature within his local community, however, tributes have been pouring in for a man who was extremely well thought of both within An Garda Síochána and the community of Graig at large.

Frank Snr sadly lost his life in a house fire at his home in the early hours of Tuesday morning. He was in the bungalow with his daughter Aylishe, who cared for her father, when the blaze broke out around midnight. Emergency services from the village and nearby Thomastown were quick to arrive at the house, which is located near the garda station on the Main Street - a place where Frank was stationed most of his working life.