THE OWNER of one of Ireland’s most iconic pubs has sadly passed away.
Frank Quinn made his name while in charge of Toners on Baggot Street in Dublin.
A pub familiar to millions, Toners counts Bono among its many patrons, with the U2 frontman spotted enjoying a pint of two there just hours after the band wrapped up its world tour in India.
Shaggy also famously played a free gig there.
Mr. Quinn is said to have died peacefully at his southside home on April 10.
Heartbreakingly, the current coronavirus restrictions mean only a private funeral for immediate family will take place.
However, tentative plans are in place for a memorial to his life once the nationwide lockdown has been lifted.
Announcing the news on Facebook, his brother Michael Quinn said: “I am deeply saddened to inform you that my brother, Frank, passed away this afternoon. We are all heartbroken at his sudden passing. As many of you know Frank was ill for a number of months.
“We are relieved that his passing was peaceful. Due to the current Government guidelines regarding public gatherings, a private Funeral will take place for his immediate family in his hometown of Pomeroy.
“I would like to thank you for your concern and prayers over the past few weeks.”
A much-loved publican who oversaw many a memorable night at one of Dublin’s oldest and best pubs, people were quick to pay tribute to Frank.
Nora Tracey described him as a “true gentleman” while Ursula Sherlock recalled how it was always “a pleasure to meet and chat with” Frank.
A death notice posted on Funeral Times reads: "Sadly missed and deeply regretted by his wife Maura, brothers Sean, Brian & Michael and sisters Kathleen Burns & Margaret McKenna, sisters in law, brothers in law, cousins, nephews, nieces and extended family.
"Fondly remembered and loved by all who knew him, especially his many friends and colleagues; and staff of The Lansdowne Hotel, Toners Pub, The Waterloo Bar, The 51 Bar, staff at Corrigan’s Pharmacy, Malahide Road, Dublin, staff at Rocwell Water, Pomeroy, County Tyrone, all friends and neighbours at Wilderness Lodge, Glenmalure, County Wicklow agus gach daoine sa Gaeltacht Tir Eoghain."