Lead singer with the Miami Showband Fran O'Toole is laid to rest at Saint Peter's Cemetery in Little Bray, County Wicklow.
Singer with the Miami Showband Fran O'Toole was shot dead by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), along with band members Tony Geraghty and Brian McCoy, while the band were returning to Dublin from a gig in Banbridge, County Down on 31 July 1975.
Requiem mass for Fran O'Toole was con-celebrated by Father Maurice McManus and Father Dan Breen in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Bray, County Wicklow. The signing of hymns was led by Dickie Rock a former vocalist with the Miami Showband and a close friend of Fran O’Toole.
Hundreds of people lined the route from the church to Saint Peter's Cemetery, Little Bray. At the graveside Michael O'Toole, the father of the murdered man broke down. The singer's widow Valerie O’Toole dropped a single red rose onto the coffin as it was lowered.
Prayers at the graveside were recited by Father Brian D’Arcy. He said they were all heartbroken by this tragic loss.
One of the principal mourners at the funeral was the only member of the Miami Showband to survive the ambush unhurt, saxophonist Des Lee (Des McAlea).
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 August 1975.