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Hundreds attend funeral of GAA stalwart Seamus Horisk

By John Campbell

Hundreds of GAA players, officials and supporters from across the province attended yesterday's funeral of former Errigal Ciaran club chairman Seamus Horisk at St Matthew's Church, Garvaghey near Ballygawley.

Mr Horisk (66) died suddenly at his holiday home in Co Donegal at the weekend. He had been involved with the Errigal Ciaran club, which has its headquarters at Dunmoyle, close to the Horisk family home on the main Ballygawley to Omagh road, for most of his lifetime as a player and official.

The esteem in which he had been held throughout Ulster was not only reflected in the large attendance of sporting personnel but also in the huge representation from the hospitality industry in which the deceased had been a prominent figure for many years in his role with Bass Ireland.

Fr Michael O'Dwyer, Fr Michael Seery CC Stewartstown and Fr Michael Toner PP Portadown con-celebrated Requiem Mass.

The eulogy was delivered by former Errigal Ciaran player Hugh Quinn who spoke of Mr Horisk's zeal and commitment to the GAA and his passion for Tyrone as well as his wider sporting interests.

And he recalled his pleasure when Errigal Ciaran became the first Tyrone side to win the Ulster Club Championship title in 1993 and Tyrone won the All-Ireland crown for the first time in 2003 with Errigal Ciaran player Peter Canavan as captain.

Fr O'Dwyer spoke of the late Mr Horisk's role in the community, referencing his input as chairman of the Garvaghey Community Area Committee and his lengthy contribution as a member of the parish finance committee.

His involvement through Bass Ireland with the Ulster GAA Writers Association proved instrumental in that body's growth from its formation in 1987.

Errigal Ciaran club members formed a guard of honour and a poem specially written for the service was read by local historian Pat Mullin, while Noreen Neill was soloist.

Practically every Tyrone club was represented at the funeral while county board officials past and present were in attendance.

Following the service interment took place in the adjoining cemetery.

Mr Horisk is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Gemma, son-in-law David, granddaughter Niamh, brother Frank, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and large family circle.

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