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Funeral of well-known Laois man who died in England to take place this weekend

Declan Bracken RIP

The funeral of Portlaoise man Declan Bracken, who died unexpectedly in the UK earlier this month, will take place in his native town this weekend.

Declan passed away on January 5. Originally from the Block Road in Portlaoise, Declan had been living in Earlsfield in London in recent years.

A well-travelled man, he had also lived throughout his life in Sydney, San Francisco, Fair Isle in Scotland and Overton in England.

The Bracken family are extremely well-known in Portlaoise and surrounding areas with the family shop on the Stradbally road set up by his parents Tom and Nancy in 1974 and is run today by his brother Kevin.

“He is profoundly missed by his children Oisín, Orla and Jess and his wife Lisa, along with his daughter Naoimh,” read Kevin’s death notice.

“His passing is deeply regretted by his parents Tom and Nancy Bracken, Block Road, Portlaoise and his sisters Phil and Ann, brothers Enda, Sean, Kevin, Michael and Feargal, predeceased by his infant brother Vincent, along with his sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews and by his extended family across the globe.

“Declan will be missed by his soul mates and dear friends from Portlaoise, the UK and beyond.

“Declan is also in the thoughts and prayers of his colleagues from the National Health Service, where he had dedicated so much of his energies to the health care and service of others, especially during the Covid pandemic.”

Declan is reposing in Keegan’s Funeral Home this Friday evening from 6.30pm with rosary at 8pm.

Removal on Saturday to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s Church for 12noon requiem mass. Private cremation will follow.

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