Tributes are being paid to former Mayor of Castlebar Brendan Henaghan, who died suddenly a the age of 53.

A well-known businessman in Castlebar, Mr Henaghan became ill at his home in Snugboro on Sunday night, and passed away early this morning at Mayo University Hospital.

His death has shocked and saddened the local community.

Brendan is survived by his wife Patricia, three sons Tom, twins Colm and John, his mother Carmel, relatives and friends.

A member of the local Fine Gael party, he served on Castlebar Town Council from 2003 to 2014, and served as Mayor of Castlebar for two terms.

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny says the community of Castlebar will miss Brendan Henaghan, who lived life to the full, and was devoted to his family, his community and to the Fine Gael party.

In a statement this afternoon, Mr Kenny described Brendan Henaghan as “affable, gregarious, interested and dedicated to his public duties when he served as a member of Castlebar Urban Council from 2004 until 2009, and again from 2009 until 2014.

He served his town with great distinction as Mayor in 2005, and again in 2012, and followed in the footsteps of his late father, John, who also served on the town Council”.

The former Taoiseach says Brendan was a true, loyal and staunch Fine Gael member, who stood by his party at all times, and was an enormous support to him personally during his time as Taoiseach.

Enda Kenny has extended sympathy to Brendan’s family on his sad passing.

Mr Henaghan’s remains will repose at the Coady Funeral Home, Castlebar on Thursday evening from 5pm with removal at 8 to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar.

Funeral Mass is at 11am on Friday, with burial afterwards in Castlebar New Cemetery, and the family have requested house private.

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