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25 May 2022

Longford saddened by death of 'a big man with a big heart'

Late Brian Murray, Maryfield Nursing Home Athenry, Galway and formerly Clonfin, Ballinalee and Abbeylara, Longford

Longford saddened by death of 'a big man with a big heart'

The late Brian Murray, Maryfield Nursing Home Athenry, Galway and formerly Clonfin, Ballinalee and Abbeylara, Longford

It's with sadness and regret we record the death of Brian Murray formerly of Clonfin and Abbeylara and Athenry Co Galway, which occurred on Friday, December 3.

Beloved husband of the late Lilly and father of the late Frankie, Brian is survived by his daughters Chrissy and Mary, sons Bernie, Michael and John, his grandchildren and great grandchildren and extended family.

Brian was son of Mickey and Mrs Murray of Clonfin and as a young man he worked with local farmers and was always in great demand as he was known for his hard work abilities.

Many will have fond memories of Brian cycling to McElvaneys of Coolarty for the shopping and of course a few pints and he loved meeting neighbours and chatting as he went along.

When Brian would meet a group of young people he would ask 'Will you come home with me' to which the reply was 'No' and he would say 'Why' and the reply was 'That's the Why' and Brian would say 'What's the why'. Lovely memories of a great gentleman.

Brian was a big man with a big heart and equally big hands and when he shook hands with you he had a very tight grip which came from the heart but unintentionally could bring a tear from the eye.

As Brian and Lily's family grew up and made their own way in life they moved to the village of Abbeylara where they were beside all facilities and following Lily's death Brian moved to Galway to be with family but he was always delighted to return to his native area and meet his old friends.

Brian's funeral Mass took placde on Monday, December 6 in St Mary’s Church, Granard and he was laid to rest in the family plot in Granarkille cemetery. We offer sincere sympathy to his family at this sad and difficult time. May Brian rest in peace. 

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