On Friday everyone at Finn Harps was devastated to hear of the death of stalwart Harps supporter and club Disability Officer Frank Larkin.
Frank was a fixture in the Harps clubhouse on match night, his positivity and enthusiasm for the club evident no matter how our on-field fortunes fluctuated.
Frank has been going to Harps games since he was a young boy. His interest was taken from his grandfather Phil McLaughlin who was a former Derry City and Limerick City player. Phil brought Frank to every game with him and sometimes other members of the family tagged along. Frank however never missed and Phil would have helped him to his seat in the stand as a boy.
When the club needed a Disability Officer, Frank as a dedicated and effective disability rights campaigner, was the obvious candidate and he was happy to volunteer to help out with the club and with the Academy.
Finn Harps head of Academy and former player Kevin McHugh said “I have known Frank and Pauline for as long as I can remember, and he was a brilliant supporter and always had a good word on us no matter how poor we were!
I got to work with Frank recently through our schools/academy disability awareness program and he was a brilliant character and always had a positive view on things. He always maintained that the child with the disability to do a certain drill, was the 1 person who 100% wanted to be involved and for us to look out for this. His message to us as coaches was crucial when attending schools, he will be sorely missed for this and at our home games “
Finn Harps Chairman Sean Quinn said “We were so distressed to learn that Frank had passed away. So many people within the club counted Frank as a friend and had so many wonderful memories with him. He was a person we all greatly admired and enjoyed being around. It won’t be quite the same without Frank there on match night. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Frank will be sorely missed at Finn Park and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to his wife Pauline, parents Frank and Bridgin, sisters Louise, Geraldine, Olga, Sharon and Linda, brothers Paul, Gareth, Frank's wider family circle and many friends.
Main picture: Frank with Keith Cowan and Tony McNamee marking world Spina Bifida Day in 2019