Sad­ness at death of 47-year-old so soon af­ter she lost her fa­ther John


THERE WAS A sense of wide­spread shock in Rath­new and Wick­low town at the pass­ing of Siob­hán Dunne the day af­ter her fa­ther’s fu­neral.

Forty-seven-year-old Siob­hán sud­denly took ill on New Year’s Day, hav­ing at­tended her fa­ther John Franey Snr’s fu­neral on New Year’s Eve.

Siob­hán was the beloved wife and best friend of David, and the lov­ing mother of Cor­mac, Cal­lum and Kacey. She was the much-loved sis­ter of Elaine, Glenda, Brian and John.

There was a huge at­ten­dance at Siob­hán’s fu­neral on Satur­day. Wick­low Row­ing Club, Rath­new GAA Club and St Pa­trick’s GAA Club all posted on­line trib­utes to Siob­hán. A state­ment from Rath­new GAA Club said: ‘A com­mu­nity is deep in shock – heart­bro­ken and dev­as­tated at the news.’

THE com­mu­ni­ties of Wick­low town, Rath­new and sur­round­ing ar­eas have been left reel­ing in shock af­ter a mar­ried mother passed away sud­denly on New Years Day, the day af­ter her fa­ther’s fu­neral.

47-year-old Siob­han Dunne passed away with lit­tle warn­ing at the home she shared in Wick­low town with her hus­band David and their three chil­dren Cor­mac, Cal­lum and Kacey.

On New Year’s Eve Siob­han at­tended her fa­ther’s fu­neral, John Franey Snr of The Bank, Rath­new, af­ter he passed away on the day af­ter St Stephen’s Day.

Fam­ily and friends who had at­tended John Snr’s fu­neral were stunned to hear the next day that Siob­han had passed away hav­ing sud­denly taken ill.

‘It’s such a tragic turn of events and the whole com­mu­nity of Rath­new and Wick­low town is in deep shock,’ said Cllr John Snell. ‘It’s heart­break­ing to have such a be­reave­ment so close to the burial of John Snr, es­pe­cially at this time of year, just af­ter Christ­mas and dur­ing the New Year. Peo­ple are still try­ing to come to term with events’.

There was a huge at­ten­dance at Siob­han’s fu­neral mass held in St Joseph’s Church, Rath­new on Satur­day, fol­lowed by her in­ter­ment in Rath­new Ceme­tery.

Siob­han was well known for her friendly and ap­proach­able na­ture and her ded­i­ca­tion to her fam­ily. She was a past mem­ber of Wick­low Row­ing Club and rowed in the 1990s in a very suc­cess­ful Se­nior Ladies crew.

Wick­low Row­ing Club, Rath­new GAA Club and St Pa­trick’s GAA Club all posted on­line trib­utes to Siob­han.

A state­ment from Rath­new GAA Club posted on New Years Day said: ‘A com­mu­nity is deep in shock, heart­bro­ken and dev­as­tated at the news that broke to­day. Yes­ter­day we gave John Franey Snr a fit­ting send off. We all shared in the Franey fam­i­lies grief. We talked of the pain en­dured by the fam­ily over the years with too many tragedy’s vis­ited upon one fam­ily. Then to­day the to­tally shock­ing news broke, an­other tragedy. Our thoughts are with the Franey and Dunne fam­i­lies at this im­pos­si­ble time. R.I.P. Siob­han heaven is def­i­nitely gain­ing an an­gel’.

John Franey Snr passed away peace­fully at St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal on De­cem­ber 27. He was an ac­tive mem­ber of Wick­low Pi­geon Club and was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing Rath­new Pi­geon Club in the 1980s. He won a na­tional pi­geon rac­ing award in the 1970s af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in an All-Ire­land held in Scot­land. Last year both clubs pre­sented him with an award for his ded­i­ca­tion to pi­geon rac­ing.

Kath­leen Franey, John’s wife and Siob­han’s mother, passed away in Oc­to­ber of 2017.

Sadly this isn’t the first time tragedy has vis­ited the Franey fam­ily. A sis­ter and brother of Siob­han both passed away in 2004. Va­lerie O’Neill passed away aged 42 af­ter bravely bat­tling ill­ness, while Mal­colm Franey died just months later af­ter he was the in­no­cent vic­tim of an as­sault and fell and knocked his head off the ground.

The late Siob­hán Dunne.

The late John Franey.

The late John Franey Snr.

The late Siob­han Dunne.

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