Dad of ‘The Priests’ passes away aged 98.

Fr Martin and Fr Eugene O'Hagan.  (0201JB25)
Fr Martin and Fr Eugene O'Hagan. (0201JB25)

The father of Derry-born clerics Fathers Eugene and Martin O’Hagan - better known as two-thirds of the internationally-renowned singing trio ‘The Priests - has passed away.

Frank O’Hagan, of Deanfield in the city’s Waterside, died at Altnagelvin Hospital yesterday. He was aged 98.

The father-of-six was pre-deceased by his wife, Joan, a well-known face in local musical circles.

Fathers Eugene and Martin - who were regular visitors to the family home in Derry - both currently minister in parishes in the Diocese of Down and Connor.

Just a few months months ago, Fr. Martin spoke of his father’s tremendous pride in ‘The Priests’ global success.

In December, he told the ‘Journal’ the family was looking forward to spending Christmas with their dad.

“He’s a marvellous man,” said Father Martin. “Last year he got to see us in concert and he refused to leave until the very end. I don’t think he will be able to make it this year but we keep him informed of everything we are doing.”

Frank O’Hagan’s funeral will take place from his Deanfield home on Thursday at 12.30 pm for 1 pm Requiem Mass in St. Columb’s Church, Waterside.

Mr. O’Hagan is survived by his children, Francis, Fr. Eugene, Mura, Joan, Fr. Martin and Martina.