A community has been left stunned following the sudden passing of a well-known and highly-respected Armagh businessman.
Ciaran McGurgan, the owner of Maison Real Estate in the city, died suddenly on Saturday evening.
He was 41-years-old.
His untimely death has sent shockwaves across the community; a community in which Ciaran was an integral part.
Ciaran founded his property business in 2014 and over the next eight years helped it grow into one of the biggest property agencies in the county.
As well as his Armagh branch, which started in Scotch Street before moving to the former First Trust bank site in Lower English Street, he opened a branch in Dungannon in 2015, alongside business partner Jeremy Baird.
Speaking to Armagh I in 2020, Ciaran explained how happy he was to be established in a place he loved – a place he called home.
“I am born and bred Armagh. I love it and I actually think people are too quick to criticise it; it is one of the most beautiful towns in Ireland and has plenty going for it.
“There are a lot of beautiful buildings in Armagh, take the Mall even, to have that is amazing and people who have not grown up with it look at it in awe as they drive past.
“I love to see the town doing well. If it is doing well so am I and I think there is still a lot of growth for the area to come in the next few years.”
A death notice described Ciaran as the dearly beloved partner of Paul, loving son of Boe and Betty and much loved brother of Adrian and Sean.
Reposing at his late residence 47 Ennislare Road, Armagh BT60 2AX, Monday from 9pm.
Removal at 9.40am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday, March 23 with burial afterwards in St Patrick’s cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at the gates of St Malachy’s Church at approximately 10.15am.