Tributes paid to retired garda sergeant who died tragically in Graig house fire

Tributes paid to retired garda sergeant who died tragically in Graig house fire

Councillor Peter Chap Cleere paid tribure to the retired garda sergeant

Councillor Peter Chap Cleere has paid tribute to a retired garda sergeant who died in a house fire in Graignamanagh overnight.

Emergency services were alerted to a fire in a house beside the garda station close to midnight. A woman in her fifties is being treated in hospital for injuries which are are not believed to be life-threatening. A man in his eighties died in the fire.

The deceased man has been named locally as popular retired garda sergeant, Frank Stafford.

"Frank was a real character. I had many great chats with him especially around the time of the local elections. He was well-respected, well-known and well-liked as are all his family.

"The people of Graignamanagh are hurting today. People are shocked and sad. The whole community is devastated. My thoughts and condolences are with his friends and family," he said.

Funeral arrangements later.

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