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Co Tyrone publican Frank Quinn dies

Co Tyrone pub owner Frank Quinn has died
Connla Young

THE brother of well-known Co Tyrone bar owner Frank Quinn has spoken of his family's heartbreak after his death earlier this week.

A native of Pomeroy, Mr Quinn died peacefully at home in Dublin on Thursday after an illness.

He was the owner of Toner's Pub in Baggot Street, one of Ireland's best known pubs.

He also owned the Lansdowne Hotel, The 51 Bar and Waterloo Bar in Dublin.

From a prominent business family, his brother Brian is the proprietor at Rocwell Water in Co Tyrone.

In 1980 Mr Quinn and his three brothers, Brian, Mick and Sean made history when they became the first set of four brothers to run a marathon together after taking part in the New York run that year.

The Tyrone men repeated the feat in 2013 when they took part in the Dublin marathon for charity.

His brother Michael spoke of his sadness on Facebook last night.

“I am deeply saddened to inform you that my brother, Frank, passed away,” he said.

“We are all heartbroken at his sudden passing.

“As many of you know Frank was ill for a number of months.

“We are relieved that his passing was peaceful.”

A private funeral will take place for Mr Quinn's immediate family on Easter Monday in his home village and will be streamed live at 11am from The Church of The Assumption.

A memorial of Mr Quinn's life will take place at a later date.

He is survived by his wife Maura and family circle.

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