Many tributes have been paid to former MEP for the west, Tuam based Mark Killilea who died on New Year’s Eve.
The late Fianna Fail MEP, TD, Senator and Galway county councillor was aged 79.
Former EU Commisioner and long time colleague of Mark’s Mayo’s Padraig Flynn told Midwest News today that he knew Mark long before he became a politician. He described him as "a perfect gentleman".
Former European Commissioner for Agriculture Sligo’s Ray McSharry says Mark’s contribution in respect of support of small farmers was second to none.
He has described Mark as “a true Irish Man of the old stock” and also extended his sympathies to Mark’s wife Anne and seven children, adding that he will be sorely missed.
Donegal based Pat the Cope Gallagher, served alongside Mr Killilea as an MEP. He says “Mark had a long and distinguished political career and was a hardworking and committed politician, a great family man and a proud Galway man through and through”.
Mark was predeceased by his son Mark, while another son Donagh is a member of Galway county council.
The deputy leader of Fianna Fail, Mayo deputy Dara Calleary told Midwest News that Mark was "a noble man and a family friend".
His remains will be reposing at his family home at Caherhuge House, Belclare, Tuam this afternoon from 4 o’clock until 8 o’clock.
Removal takes place tomorrow morning to Sacred Heart Church, Belclare for Mass at 12 noon. He will be laid to rest in Claretuam Cemetery.