The funeral of a well known south Sligo man will take place in his native Tourlestrane this morning (Wednesday).
There has been widespread sorrow and sadness in Tourlestrane following the sudden death of Francis McSteen (50) Annagh, Tourlestrane who died after an accident whilst walking home on Sunday.
It is understood he fell into a drain.
Mr McSteen’s sudden passing has numbed the tight-knit community in Tourlestrane where his family are known as hard working and highly respected.
The deceased, who was a single man, was described as a highly intelligent, engaging and gentle soul who was well known in Tourlestrane and Tubbercurry to where he often travelled.
In a tribute to Martin, his local Tourlestrane GAA club said: “With sadness we heard of the sudden passing of Francis Mc Steen, Annagh on Sunday morning last after an accident .
“He was a brother of underage hurling manager Adrian and uncle of club players Rhianne McSteen, Megan, Alfie and Kayleigh and brother in law to Grainne.
“To these and his brother Declan, sister Breda and all the extended family we send our deepest condolences.
“May his gentle soul Rest In Peace.”
He was predeceased by his parents Bernard and Rose and his infant brother Padraig.
Francis is survived by his brothers Declan (Galway), Adrian (Tubbercurry), sister Breda Brennan (Curry), nieces and nephews Keelan, Saoirse, Rhianne, Megan, Alfie and Kayleigh, sister-in-law Gráinne, brother-in-law Fergus, extended family, kind neighbours and many friends.
Francis reposed at Coen’s Funeral Home, The Square, Tubbercurry on Tuesday evening with Mass of the Resurrection taking place today (Wednesday) November 23, at noon in St. Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane, with burial afterwards in Rhue Cemetery.