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Ashes of Brendan Grace spread in Lough Derg with seat erected in his memory at Killaloe

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Family of the late Brendan Grace have marked the anniversary of his death by spreading his ashes on Lough Derg near their Killaloe home.

Brendan died on July 11th last year and will forever be regarded as one of the greatest Irish comedians.

On Saturday, the Grace family scattered his ashes along Lough Derg. They travelled on the local tourist boat, Spirit of Killaloe on a journey Brendan would often take whereby he would drink two Irish coffees on the trip. His favourite songs including The Dutchman were played in the background as family prepared to spread his ashes.

A seat has also been erected in memory of Brendan at his favourite spot in Killaloe where he fed the ducks and swans. Family including his wife Eileen and daughter Amanda were joined by friends for the official unveiling and blessing of the seat.

Last week, Brendan’s only sister Marie died from lung cancer aged 59, the same illness which took the life of her brother. In May, their aunt Wyn Meyler a famous Irish model in the 1950s and 1960s and a woman described as “a second mother” to Brendan died from a heart attack.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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