Francis ‘Frankie’ Dunne to be laid to rest tomorrow 

Francis ‘Frankie’ Dunne to be laid to rest tomorrow 

Mr Dunne will lie in repose at O’Connor Bros Funeral Home on the North Gate Bridge. 

The removal of tragic murder victim Francis ‘Frankie’ Dunne takes place in the city this evening, before he is laid to rest tomorrow in Blackrock.

Mr Dunne will lie in repose at O’Connor Bros Funeral Home on the North Gate Bridge, with a rosary at 6pm, followed by his removal to St Mary’s on the Hill Church, Knocknaheeney.

His funeral mass takes place tomorrow at 11am followed by burial at St Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock.

Investigations are ongoing into the death of the ‘kind, gentle’ 64-year-old, whose partially dismembered body was found in the garden of Castlegreina House on Boreenmanna Road at the end of last month.

"Frankie was a father, grandfather, brother, uncle and nephew and friend to many in Cork,” his family said in the days following his death.

He had been homeless prior to his death and his family have been fundraising for homeless services in his honour.

“He had succumbed to a life of alcohol dependence many years ago, he lost a lot in his life, but he never lost his family's support or love,” they said.

"He had another family that he loved too, that family were his friends living in tents, homeless shelters or on the streets of his City, Cork.

"They were their own community of friends and comrades but without a front door of their own or even a mattress to lay down on at times, people whom an empty derelict house seemed like a safe place to have a few drinks, a sing-song and lay down out of the cold.

"As Frankie's family, we hope no else ever has to suffer the horrendous nightmare of what Frankie endured in the final hours of his life. No-one should be left so vulnerable on our streets.”

Gardaí continue to investigate Mr Dunne's death. An Eastern European man who is one of a number of “persons of interest” left the country in the days after his body was found. 

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