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Tributes for pour in for Errigal stalwart

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

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ONE of the longest-serving and most popular personalities in Tyrone GAA has died suddenly.
The Errigal Ciaran club dynamo, Seamus Horisk who was well-known in the licensing trade throughout Ulster, passed away while at his holiday home in Downings in Co. Donegal at the weekend.
He passed on what would have been his son's Darragh's birthday. Darragh, who played for the Erriagl Ciaran U14s was killed in an accident on the Ballygawley to Omagh Road in 1999.
Mr Horisk had given a lifetime of service to the GAA having held various administrative posts at club level.
The club announced Mr Horisk's death, sparking an outpouring of grief and sympathy from those close to the club.
"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we report the sudden death of club stalwart former chairman and current trustee Seamus Horisk," read the club's statement.
"It is the club's intention that all club activities will be suspended until further notice."
Friends paid heartfelt tributes to the 66-year-old Ballygawley native, who was a member of the team that won the 1974 Tyrone All-County League Division Two.
"There will never be another like you Seamus, a truly wonderful human being" said David Mullin.
Aodhan Harkin described him as a "true gentleman and a proud Gael," while Ryan Canavan said he was shocked and sorry to hear of Mr Horisk's untimely demise.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Mary and Gemma. RIP Seamus." he wrote.
At the time of his death Mr Horisk had been immersed in preperations for a special banquet to mark the 25th anniversary of the team's 1993 Tyrone and Ulster Club championships.
He servee three tersm as Chairman of Errigal Ciaran and was regarded as a driving force within the club, as well as being a passionate supporter of the county.
In more recent times, he had taken particular delight in the exploits of the club's minor team, who were scheduled to meet Killeeshil in the Tyrone minor final on Wednesday night.
When the Sam Maguire trophy was brought to Ballygawley in September 2003, Mr Horisk was a central figure in organising the celebrations.
Jyst months ago he linked up with Errigal Ciaran and Tyrone legend Peter Canavan to present a Mr and Mrs special that became the talk of the county.
Mr Horisk was predeceased by his brother Brendan earlier this year.
His funeral will take place following Requiem Mass in St Matthew's Church, Garvaghey on Wednesday at noon.
The family have requested privacy at this time and on Wednesday morning before the funeral.
Mr Horisk is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Gemma, son-in-law David, granddaughter Niamh, brother Frank, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and wider family circle.

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