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Francis McMorrow RIP

The death has taken place of

Francis McMorrow

Sheena and formerly Cartronbeg.


It was with deep shock and with a profound sadness

that the local community around Cartronbeg

and the wider community around Drumkeeran

heard of the his sudden and untimely death.



Francis died

in Boyle, Co Roscommon,
on Monday morning, 19 December.


He was 54 years of age.



He was born in February 1962,
the son of Paddy and Josie McMorrow,
probably better known in the locality as Paddy and Josie Murray.


The young Francis attended Cartron National School
and received his secondary education in Drumkeeran Vocational School.
He proved himself to be a very capable student
and, after leaving Drumkeeran, he went to Sligo,
where he trained as a tool maker.
This was a job that demanded a high degree of skill and precision.

He spent a number of years working in Tobercurry,
and later worked in Letterkenny.


During these years Francis also proved himself to be a very fine footballer.
He played the game with a great intensity and with a great passion.
and with a degree of skill that won him a place on the Leitrim County Minor Team.

He was totally committed to the game and to his training regime.
To lose a game was always a source of deep disappointment for him.


Unlike so many of his generation Francis had little interest in watching TV.
Instead, he loved listening to music on the radio.
 Over the years he had developed an in-depth knowledge
of the pop music of the 1980’s and 90’s.


Francis’ football career was brought to an abrupt end
when he suffered a serious leg fracture in 1984.
He was only 22 years of age at the time.  


He then developed an illness
that would unsettled him for the rest of his life.
Unable to play his football and unable to continue at his work,
Francis spent the rest of his years in and around Cartronbeg and Drumkeeran.


He spent many years looking after and caring for his mother Josie
who was seriously debilitated by illness.
After her death in 2007 Francis moved residence to Drumkeeran village.


Those who got to knew Francis found him to be a kind and inoffensive man,

a man who liked to call around to his neighbours for a chat and for a cuppa,

and a man who in his own gentle witty manner touched the hearts of so many of us.


Many people in the community expressed a genuinely heartfelt sympathy for him
on hearing the news of his sudden death.

And they also expressed their sympathy for the members of his family,

his sisters Mary and Pauline
and his brothers Michael and Pat.


Though deeply saddened at the loss of their brother,
the family expressed their appreciation and thankfulness to
all the kind people in the community, including healthcare staff,
who looked out fornand supported Francis over the years.


Francis’ Funeral Mass was celebrated
in St Patrick’s Church, Tarmon,
on Wednesday, 21 December.
The large attendance at the Mass bore eloquent testimony
to the popularity of Francis McMorrow,
not only in and around Drumkeeran
but also in the neighbouring towns and parishes.

After the Mass Francis was laid to rest in the family plot
in Curraghs Cemetery.