We just heard from Larry Reynolds that Frank Forde - our gentle singer of a thousand songs in English and Irish - passed away quietly this morning. There are no details as yet about his funeral, but when they are available we will pass them on.
All of us at the Green Briar will very much miss Frank. He knew endless song and, weak as his voice had become lately, always started singing precisely in a standard key. I'll never know how he did that.
We would like to express our sympathy to his family - and particularly to his grandson, Brian, who was always at Frank's shoulder, supporting him.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
(May his soul be on God's right hand . . . May he rest in peace!)
I loved Frank - who didn't - and especially loved watching Frank and Brian together. Frank didn't know me all that well, but he always made me feel special. God bless you, sir.
The following are from Frank's Birthday celebration at the Greenbriar last January.