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RIP Film director Jim Sheridan’s wife Fran remembered following funeral in Dublin

"Rest easy old friend, and may your legacy and your memory be eternal"

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Film director Jim Sheridan and his wife Fran. Photo: Tony Gavin

Film director Jim Sheridan and his wife Fran. Photo: Tony Gavin

Film director Jim Sheridan and his wife Fran. Photo: Tony Gavin

Tributes have continued to flow in for film director Jim Sheridan’s wife Fran following her funeral in Dublin on Monday afternoon. 

The private funeral service at St Mary's Church on Haddington Road was followed by cremation afterwards in Mount Jerome crematorium.

Fran, who died suddenly on Wednesday at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, shared three daughters with Jim, Naomi, Kirsten and Tess, as well as grandchildren Leo, Seamus and Frankie.

She was a daughter of the late George and Tess Roe.

In 1981 Jim and Fran moved to New York with their two daughters, Naomi and Kirsten (who herself is now also a filmmaker), who were nine and six years old at the time.

They struggled to get by, while he worked in odd jobs and as manager of the city's Irish Arts Centre.

It was in New York that he received his only formal education in filmmaking, when he took an eight-week film production course at New York University, and where he wrote his early screenplays for Into the West and My Left Foot.

The family moved back to Dublin and lived in various locations, including Dalkey and Ballsbridge.

In 1989 he directed My Left Foot, which won Oscars for Daniel Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker.

Several more films followed, including In the Name Of The Father, The Filed, Into The West, The Boxer, Some Mother’s Son, The File and Into America.

Lately Sheridan produced and also featured in a documentary on Sky about the killing of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Co Cork, in which Ian Bailey emerged as the chief suspect.

Hundreds of messages continue to be left on Fran’s RIP.ie page with one person sending their love and condolences and wishing the family strength in the coming days.

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Another added: "Oh Fran, pal of our growing years. We shared everything, from top and tailing in your single bed after the tennis club, to weekly trips in Daddy Roe’s car to Drumcar to witness the joy and great love he bestowed on Vinnie and his friends.

“Geographically we grew apart but true memories never leave the heart. Rest easy old friend, and may your legacy and your memory be eternal.”

“Another said “beautiful mass” while one recalled fond memories of growing up in Drumcondra with Fran.

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