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Patrick John McLaughlin - Acknowledgement 02.01.24

The Family of the late Patrick John McLaughlin, Trenatubber, Culdaff would like to thank most sincerely all those who sympathised with us on our recent bereavement.

We offer our heartfelt thanks to all those who attended the wake & funeral, sent cards, messages all was much appreciated. Thanks to all our kind neighbours & friends who brought food and helped in so many ways. A special thanks to Dad’s team of carers, your care, kindness and dedication was overwhelming. A special thanks to Fr. Devlin P.P. for the celebration of the funeral mass.

We would also like to thank Liam Collins Funeral Directors for their professional & dignified manner in which they carried out the funeral arrangements. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, we trust this acknowledgement will be accepted by all as a token of our greatest gratitude.

Patrick John’s Month Mine mass will take place in St. Patrick’s Church, Aughaclay on Friday 5th January at 6pm.

Henry Doherty - Month's mind mass 23.08.23

A month’s mind mass will be held for Henry Doherty on Sunday, September 3rd, at 9am in Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh. Henry is pre-deceased by his wife Ethna. Dearly loved by his five children; Seamus, Breid, Tony, Rosarie and Dermot, son in law Colm, daughters in law Ann, Helen and Eileen and grandchildren Cian, Owen, Niamh, Rachel, Laura and Conor.

Brigid Mary Houghton - 6th Anniversary 01.06.23

In loving memory of our mother, Brigid Mary Houghton from Buncrana. Known to many as Brenda Goss after moving to England.

Always loved and missed by her children and grandchildren.

Anne Hardy (nee Grant) - 1st Anniversary 25.07.22

In loving memory of our precious sister & mother Anne
Who passed away on the 25th of July 2021
When god gave us a sister
These words he dd not say
Please try to understand
When I take her back some day
Oh God it’s been so lonely
So heartbreaking and so sad
But we will never cease to thank you
For the wonderful sister we had

Your resting place we visit
We place flowers there with care
But no one knows the heartache
As we turn and leave you there.

Loved and sadly missed by your loving son’s, daughters, son in law, daughters’ in laws,
grandchildren, brothers & sisters.

Anniversary mass will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church Muff on Saturday 23rd July at

Con Lafferty - 17th Anniversary 22.09.21

In loving memory of our dear father, Con Lafferty from Cashelcraw, Carndonagh, whose 17th anniversary occurs on the 26th September 2021. Our fondest love as always. God bless Conal, Lynne & boys, Teresa, Mark & girls, granddaughter Alva Florence and Marian & Des.

Margaret Lafferty - 28th anniversary 27.07.21

Remembering Margaret Lafferty of Magheramore, Carndonagh on her 28th anniversary. God bless mum. Always in our daily thoughts and prayers. All our love Conal, Lynne and Boys; Teresa, Mark and girls, granddaughter Alva Florence; Marian and Des.

Maureen Taitt - 3rd Anniversary 16.06.21

In loving memory of a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who pasted away on 26th June 2018.

Quietly today your
Memory is kept,
No need for words,
We will never forget.
Our thoughts go back
As they often do,
Of treasured memories
We have of you.

Sadly missed by Conal, Ann and family. Anniversary mass is on Friday 25th June, in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh at 7pm.

Con Lafferty - 16th Anniversary 25.09.20

In loving memory of our dear father, Con Lafferty from Cashelcraw, Carndonagh, whose sixteenth anniversary occurs on the 26th September 2020. Remembered with much love and fondness everyday. Happy memories always. God bless Conal, Lynne & boys, Teresa, Mark & girls, your new granddaughter Alva Florence and Marian & Des.

Sarah Doherty - First Anniversary 08.09.20

In loving memory of Sarah Doherty, Main Street, Clonmany whose first anniversary occurs on September 13, 2020.

In loving memory of our wonderful sister
Always loved and remembered every day
Patrick and girls, Rosaleen and boys.

In loving memory of Sarah Doherty on her first anniversary
May the winds of love blow softly and whisper for you to hear
That we still love you dearly and wish that you were here.
Loved and missed by Sarah, Joe, Shannon and Finn.

In loving memory of my best friend Sarah
Time will pass, memories will stay, loved and remembered every day.
Mary and family.

Margaret Lafferty - 27th anniversary 22.07.20

In loving memory of Margaret Lafferty of Magheramore, Carndonagh on her 27th anniversary. Always remembered in our daily thoughts and prayers. God bless Mum, you were a wonderful person and still sorely missed. All our love Conal, Lynne and boys; Teresa, Mark and girls and your new great granddaughter; Marian and Des.

Charlie Loughrey - 1st Anniversary 12.06.20

In loving memory of Charlie Loughrey on his 1st anniversary (22nd June)

We hold you close within our hearts
And there you shall remain
To walk with us through
Out our lives
Until we meet again
So rest in peace Dear Loved one
And thanks for all you’ve done
We pray that God has
Given you
The crown you’ve truly won

Loving memories and sincerely missed by Liam & Rosaleen McDermott & Family.

Kathleen Nixon - 1st Anniversary 21.02.20

In loving memory of Kathleen Nixon, nee Doherty, died 21st February 2019 aged 96 years. Kathleen formerly of Buncrana is buried in Cockhill Cemetery, may she Rest In Peace. My thanks to our family and friends for their condolences. A special thanks to Father Kieran O’Doherty for all his help.

Ronnie Nixon, my wife Maureen, our children Alex, Garrett, William and their wives Alyette, Élodie, Laëtitia and their children Lily and Sophia.

Joe McGeoghan - 5th Anniversary 10.12.19

In loving memory of Joe McGeoghan from Glentogher, Carndonagh whose fifth anniversary occurs on December 18, 2019.

A loving husband, father and grandfather who died 18th December 2014. Interred in Rathbarry, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Loved and missed every day.

Con Lafferty - 15th Anniversary 22.09.19

Remembering our dear father, Con Lafferty from Cashelcraw, Carndonagh, on his fifteenth anniversary (26 September 2004). Always remembered and always missed. God bless, Conal, Lynne & boys, Teresa, Mark & girls, Marian and Des.

James McGrory - 12th Anniversary 19.09.19

The late James McGrory. In loving memory of a dear husband, father and grandfather James McGrory from Buncrana whose twelfth anniversary occurs on September 19, 2019.

Always remembered and sadly missed as a twelfth year passes without your kindness, humour and singing in our lives - your loving family and friends.

Margaret Lafferty - 26th Anniversary 28.07.19

Remembering Margaret Lafferty, Magheramore, Carndonagh on her 26th anniversary (July 28, 1993) with loving memories. Remembered in our prayers and daily thoughts. God bless always, Conal, Lynnne and boys; Mark, Teresa and girls; Marian and Des.

Meta Moran - Acknowledgement 20.09.18

The family of the late Meta Moran express their heartfelt thanks to all the friends, relatives and neighbours who supported them in their recent bereavement. In particular to those who sent messages of sympathy, cards and donations, came to the graveside or attended the Service of Thanksgiving for mums life. We are especially grateful to all who assisted with catering both at Elaghbeg and after the Church service at Fahan.
Special thanks to the staff at Letterkenny University and Buncrana Community hospitals where Mum received the greatest of medical and recuperative care over recent years but most especially to all the staff at Beach Hill Manor Nursing Home which became her home more recently.
Our sincere gratitude to the Rev. Knox Jones for all his pastoral care and officiating at the funeral and thanksgiving services, also to her Church Elder and the friends who visited her faithfully over recent years.
Thank you, finally, to Gibson Funeral Directors, for their sensitive and professional handling of all the funeral details.
We trust that this acknowledgement will be accepted by all as a token of our sincere appreciation.

Daniel Anthony Doherty - 1st Anniversary 10.08.18

Daniel Anthony Doherty (6 March 1940 - 10 August 2017)
Late of Greencastle and Daniel Doherty's Bakery, Moville, Co Donegal

In loving memory of a beloved husband, father and grandfather.
Deeply missed by his wife, Rosemary, his family Judith & Donal, Daniel & Becky, Jenni, Ronan & Kendal, Andrew & Leona and Olivia; and by his grand-children Saoirse, Sarah, Caolann, Daniel, Rosie, Eva Rose and Layla.

Always in our hearts, never to be forgotten.
May Daniel rest in peace.

Vincent Molloy - 5th Anniversary 16.04.18

Remembering Vincent Molloy of Magherabeg, Burnfoot, on the occasion of his fifth anniversary.

It broke our heart to lose you, but you did not go alone. A part of us went with you the day God called you home. With love, the Molloy family.

Rose Graham 05.07.17

The family of the late Rose Graham would like to thank everyone who supported them at the time of their mother's death. We would particularly like to acknowledge the prayers and support of Fr. McGoldrick and Fr. Walsh as well as all the services offered by Porter's Funeral Directors. The Gill family were very helpful and the flowers provided by Josie Coll were beautiful. Everyone who came to the removal house and funeral mass will all be remembered in our prayers.
There will be a memorial mass for our mother on Thursday 13th July at 8pm in Star of the Sea Desertgeney and everyone is very welcome.

Susan Gillen - Acknowledgement 28.09.16

Sister Brigid, nieces and nephews of the late Susan Gillen, Meenletterbale, wish to express their sincere gratitude to all who sympathised with them on their recent bereavement on September 21, 2016.
Thank you to Fr Pat O Hagan PP, Fr Patrick McGoldrick CC and Fr George McLaughlin. To the wonderful staff of Carn Hospital for their continuous kindness, care and patience to Susan and her family. To Margaret McDermott, Lucille McDermott and Patrick Thomson for their continuous care and support to Susan. To Collins & McDermott Funeral Directors for their excellent service. To the magnificent soloist, altar servers and grave diggers. The family greatly appreciate all the kindness and support from family and friends at this sad time and mass will be offered for your intentions.

Sadie Mullan (nee Doherty) - 4th Anniversary 12.07.16

Remembering our beautiful aunt Sadie Mullan (nee Doherty), Ferris Lane, Buncrana, on the anniversary of her passing on July 12, 2012. Also remembering our lovely aunt Theresa who joined her sister Sadie two weeks later. May God grant you both eternal peace in the gardens of heaven. Janet, Kathy and families x.

Jerry Drumm - 2nd Anniversary 04.04.16

Drumbuoy, Lifford.
2nd Anniversary and birthday wishes.
Loving memories of Jerry, a treasured husband, dad, grandpa who died suddenly on 4th April, 2014, R.I.P.
To us you were very special, someone set apart. But God only knows how we miss you, in our home and in our hearts.
Forever missed by his loving wife, Kathleen, sons Diarmaid, Feargal, Ronan, Finnian, grandchildren and wider family circle.
Féadfaidh ar a bheith curtha i suaimhneas.
Jerry's Anniversary will be remembered at 11a.m. Mass on Sunday 3rd April, his birthday, in St Patrick`s Church, Murlog, Lifford and his headstone will be blessed after Mass.

Ellen Logue - 25th Anniversary 22.08.15

25th Anniversary Memoriam: Ellen Logue, Gortnamullin, Malin Head

Precious memories of our beloved mum Ellen who died August 22, 1990.
Our hearts are full of memories, with pride we speak your name,
Though life goes on without you, it has never been the same.
You gave us love and kindness, you taught us how to care,
You bound us all together with love few families share.
Those special years will not return when we were all together,
But with love and memories in our hearts you will walk with us forever.
Much loved and sorely missed by your daughters Bernadette, Patricia, Helen, Catriona, Pauline and families.

Jim Toland - Acknowledgement 20.07.15

The family of Jim Toland of Millbrae Meadows, Carndonagh, who died on June 22, 2015, wish to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who sympathised and supported us at this sad time.
We thank all our relatives, neighbours, friends and staff at the Donegal Hospice for their kindness, those that travelled long distance, telephoned and those that attended the removal, wake and funeral Mass. Thanks to all who worked on Jim's final resting place, the food, cakes, flowers, condolence cards and Mass cards. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually please accept this acknowledgment as an expression of our heartfelt appreciation.
Jim's Months Mind will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 7pm.

Patrick Grant 03.03.15

The death has taken place of Patrick (Patsy) Grant, formerly of Church Street, Buncrana. Patsy died peacefully at Wishaw Hospital, Scotland, aged 93 years. He was the son of the late Charles (Cat) and Cassie Grant and husband of the late Cathie Gallagher and loving father of his family. May he rest in peace.

Caroline Harrison - Acknowledgement 04.02.15

The sisters, brother and family circle of the late Caroline (Carrie) Harrison wish to express our deep gratitude to all of those who called, sent cards or other greetings on the occasion of her death.
Special thanks to the team at Buncrana Community Hospital and Dr Maria Bradley and also to Ann Marie McGonagle and Marion Porter for their caring over the past four years. A kind thank you also to Fr Walsh and his colleagues for their spiritual support and funeral service.
Many thanks to Bradley and McLaughlin undertakers for their efficient and gentle handling of the funeral arrangements. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Deirdre Usletten (nee McLaughlin) - 2nd Anniversary 22.07.14

In loving memory on the 2nd anniversary of her death of a much loved Mum and Nanna, Deirdre Usletten (nee McLaughlin) of Baskill, Gleneely who died on 28th July, 2012. Sadly missed by her Daughter and Son-In-Law, Roslyn & Michael and by her Grandchildren Michael, Bronagh, Tierna & Róise. Always in our thoughts, Forever in our hearts.

Winsome McCorriston - Acknowledgement 17.07.14

Donal, Yvonne, Jennifer, Oonagh, Claire and Orla, family of the late Winsome McCorriston, wish to express their sincere gratitude to all who sympathised with them on their recent bereavement.
Thank you to Fr. Pat O’Hagan, PP, Fr. Patrick Mc Goldrick, CC, Moville and Fr. Kevin Doherty, Celbridge.
Thank you to all who visited, sent mass cards, sympathy cards, floral tributes and attended the funeral.
The family wish to convey their thankfulness to the staff of Nazareth House, Fahan, for the dedicated care given to their mother during her illness over the past few years.
Thank you to the staff and chaplains of Letterkenny General Hospital, Collins & McDermott Funeral Directors, alter servers, grave digger, soloist and An Garda Síochána.
The support of family, friends and neighbours during the bereavement was sincerely appreciated. A mass will be offered for your intentions.

John Kevin McLaughlin - 1st Anniversary 08.05.14

In loving memory on the 1st anniversary of his death of a much loved husband, father and grandfather, John Kevin McLaughlin of St. Pauls, Ardaravan, Buncrana who died on 8th May, 2013. Loved & sadly missed by Alice, Kevin, Pauline, Sharon, Kathryn, John, Shona, Silas, James and his extended family members. Anniversary mass for John Kevin McLaughlin will be held in St. Marys Church, Cockhill on Thursday, 8th May, 2014 at 7:30pm.

Joseph Thompson 15.03.14

For a very special dad on your anniversary, 15th April. As the days and years go by, you still hold a very special place in our hearts.

Mary (Molly) Duffy 11.03.14

In loving memory of our beloved mother Mary (Molly) Duffy, late of Annaugh, Clonmany, who died 20 years ago on March 11, 1994.
Still sorely missed and remembered with much fondness and laughter.
Also remembering family and friends gone before.
From your loving family in Glasgow, Bray, Clonmany, England and Australia.
Never more than a thought away.

Ann Marie McClafferty - 1st Anniversary 01.10.13

In loving memory of our dearly loved mum, grandma, sister, aunt and niece who left us one year ago on October 1, 2012. So sorely missed but fondly remembered with much love and laughter. Never more than a thought away. From all your family in Austraila, England, Glasgow and Ireland.

Margaret Maud Mooney 20.05.13

In loving memory of our dear mother Margaret Maud (nee Henderson) Mooney who passed away in Glasgow 15 years ago on May 19, 1998. She was born in Fahan in 1915 and was the wife of the late Andrew Mooney. Her son Andrew and daughter Kathleen in Scotland and her son Gerard and daughter Mary in Canada and their spouses and families still miss her very much. She was a loving and kind wife and mother and grandmother. May she rest in peace.

Joseph Thompson 15.04.13

Remembering Joseph Thompson, Meenletterbale, Lecamy, Inishowen and Dublin. Thirty years have passed since we said farewell to our dear Dad. Sadly missed by all - Mary, Gerr, Kathleen and Andy. Also remembered by your grandchildren Karen, Gary, Colin, Wayne and great grandchild, Scott. Always in our hearts.

Molly Duffy 11.03.13

In loving memory of our dear mother Molly who left us on March 11, 1994. Also our beloved sister Ann Marie McClafferty, October 1, 2012. From all your children, grandchildren, greatgrandchidren and great great grandchildren in Glasgow, Bray, Clonmany, Northumberland and Australia. Sorely missed. Never more than a thought away.

Kathleen Havlin - 14th Anniversary 17.12.12

In loving memory of Kathleen Havlin, Clar, Redcastle whose 14th Anniversary occurs on 17th December 2012. She was a lovely person, a wonderful wife to Paddy and a terrific mother to Patricia, John, Carmel, Liz and Margo. She died much too young in the care of the Foyle Hospice after a year's fight against cancer. It may be 14 years but the memory of the day that changed all of us, says with us forever. When we think of her, we remember her wit, intelligence, love and hard work, and of course her love of scrabble and crosswords. She may be gone, but a part of her lives on in her children and grandchildren. God rest her soul.

Paddy Havlin 27.08.12

In loving memory of a wonderful dad, Paddy Havlin, who died on 3rd September 2010. His passing left us bereft, and two years on we remember the sadness of that day. But memories of him and the good man that he was sustain us. As a family we miss him terribly. May God rest his soul. Liz, Leah, Ben and Peter. Clar, Redcastle.

Margaret Canavan - Acknowledgement 18.04.12

The sons and daughters, Seamus, Mary, Denis and Ann, of the late Margaret Canavan, 4 Woodkearne, Malin Road, Moville, wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them on their recent bereavement. To all that called to the house, sent cards, flowers, and made donations to the Nazareth House, Fahan, travelled long distances and attended the removal and funeral. Sincere thanks to the extended family, friends and neighbours who brought food, made tea and helped in any way during the wake. Thanks to Fr O’Hagan for attending Mammy and for a lovely requiem mass, to Fidelma Legge for her beautiful singing and to Fr McGonagle of Bocan for assisting at the burial. Thanks to Fr McGoldrick and Fr George McLaughlin for all their support to Mammy over the years. Thanks also to Carndonagh Community Hospital, Moville Health Centre, and to all her home carers, for all their care and support. To Collins and McDermott funeral directors for the professional and dignified manner they carried out the funeral. A special word of thanks to all of the staff in the Nazareth House, Fahan for their care, kindness and devotion to Mammy in the last 8 months. It would be impossible to thank everyone individually please accept this acknowledgment as a token of our appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for all your intentions.

Margaret’s Months Mind Mass will be celebrated in St Pius X, Moville on Sunday 22 April at 12 noon.

Hugh Doherty (Neilies) 15.02.12

Uncle Hugh, you were a gentleman and a talent way beyond your own recognition. You lit up the room with your singing and guitar. You touched many lives including mine and I was honoured to have been a part of your life. I was very sad not to be there for your funeral but I am glad you got the turn-out and send-off you deserved. My condolences go out to your daughter Carolyn, my father John, brother Pat and sisters Ellen and Mary. Rest in peace Uncle Hugh, we are mourning your death but heaven is rejoicing having you home. Love you always, Jacqueline Toland, Daniel, Cara and Jack.

Anthony Lafferty - 14th Anniversary 17.02.12

In memory of a beloved father and grandfather who died on 17th Feburary 1998.
You are forever in our thoughts and in our hearts and always in our prayers. Always loved and remembered by your son Joe, daughter-in-law Karen, daughter Rosemarie, son in-law Mark and grandchildren Emma, Tony, Bobby and Serena. Anniversary Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Carndonagh, on 19th Feburary at 9am.

Kitty Toland - First Anniversary 18.11.11

In loving memory of Kitty Toland, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose first anniversary occurs on November 18, 2011.
You are forever in our thoughts and in our hearts and will always be in our prayers.
Sadly missed by husband Harry, daughters Frances and Tricia, son Harry, daughter in law, Claire - Ferdia , Cian and Luca. Also sadly missed by Nicola, Shaun and great grandaughters Eva and Sarah Jane. Sadly missed by Damien and Niamh.

Pauline Anderson 01.11.11

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the angel you lent us for awhile,
She brought us laughter and an everlasting smile.
She loved us, inspired us, our own guiding light
Now she shines in heaven with wings of pure white.

In loving memory of Pauline Anderson (nee McLaughlin) who died November 1, 2009.

Mary (Molly) Friel - 2nd Anniversary 25.09.11

In loving memory of Molly, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother from Glasgow and formerly Upper Illies, whose second anniversary occurs on September 25, 2011.
You always had a smile to share, time to give and time to share. A loving nature so kind and true, those are the memories we have of you. Our thoughts are always with you in a special way every single day. Our Lady pray for her. Loved and sadly missed by your family in Glasgow, Morcambe and Raphoe.

Bridget Logue - Acknowledgment 20.09.11

The family of the late Bridget Logue, Ballylawn, Redcastle would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone who sympathised with them on their sad loss on September 11, 2011. Thank you to everyone who attended the funeral and for all the Mass cards.
Many thanks to all the staff at Buncrana Nursing Unit and especially to the doctors and nurses at Letterkenny General Hospital who cared for her in her last illness. Special thanks to Fr Mailey who celebrated her lovely funeral Mass in Drung chapel with hymns sung by Patricia Rea. Sincere thanks to Liam Collins and McDermott Funeral Directors for the caring and professional way in which they handled the funeral arrangements. Please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our appreciation.

Sheila Deehan - died 2nd August 2011

THE sons, daughter and entire family circle of the late Sheila Deehan would like to express their sincere thanks to all those who offered their support and sympathy during their recent sad bereavement.

Thanks to all who attended the wake, both in Omagh and in Belfast and to those who travelled long distances to the funeral. Thanks to those who sent Mass cards, sympathy cards, letters and floral tributes and to those who gave donations to the Chest Heart and Stroke Association. Thanks in particular to all those who assisted at the wake especially members of the McGrath family and those kind neighbours and friends who brought food to the wake and who accommodated relatives overnight.
We are also deeply indebted to our cousin Fr John Carroll, Sligo for his friendship and spiritual support to Mum and our family over the years. Thanks to Fr John for celebrating Mum’s Requiem Mass and for his beautiful words of consolation and hope. Special thanks also to Fr Kevin McElhennon for his spiritual care of Mum in her final illness and for travelling to Belfast to con-celebrate Mass with Fr John.
Sincere thanks to Canon Fulton for facilitating Mum’s Requiem Mass at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Belfast, to the altar server and sacristan and to our cousin Karen for her beautiful music which enhanced the funeral service so much. Thanks also to Fr Joe Gormley, Killyclogher for his kindness to Mum and for his support to the family during the wake.

Sincere thanks also to Professor Varma and the staff of the Medical Assessment and Coronary Care Units, Erne Hospital, Enniskillen, to Dr McCauley, Belfast, Dr Ade Ogunmwonyi and the staff of Strule Medical Practice, Omagh for their excellent care of Mum and to the District Nursing and Social Care Teams for their assistance and support. Thanks also to Mrs Lorna McGrath and the staff of Bradley’s Pharmacy, Omagh for their supply of Mum’s medication over the years. We are deeply appreciative of the kindness and care which Elizabeth and Dympna gave so generously to Mum in her last years.

Our sincere thanks also to Charles Lynch, Funeral Director, Castlederg for the professional, sensitive and reverent manner in which the funeral arrangements were carried out. Thanks also to the gravedigger and the staff of the Ivanhoe Hotel, Belfast for providing the meal after the burial.

The sympathy and support which our family received was very moving and was a source of great consolation to us at a time of great sadness and loss. This support is testimony to the wonderful supportive communities to which we are privileged to belong.

Please accept this acknowledgement as a token of out grateful thanks and appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.
Sheila’s Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Killyclogher , Omagh, on Saturday 3rd September 2011 at 7.30pm.

Mary Lynch - 3rd Anniversary 14.08.11

In memory of our loving mother Mary who died on August 14, 2008.

Mammy, I will always remember your gentle heart and beautiful smile. Each day you walk by my side. Always loved and remembered in my heart - your loving son, Martin.

Mammy, we hold you close in our hearts and miss you every day. Your loving son, Gerard, daughter-in-law, Shelley, and grandchildren Orla, Oisin and Tristian.

John Lynch - 7th Anniversary 15.07.11

John Lynch, O'Gara Villas, Moville

In memory of our loving father John who died July 15th 2004 R.I.P

Daddy each day you walk by my side
Always loved and remembered in my heart
Your Loving son Martin

Daddy we hold you close in our hearts and miss you every day
Your Loving son Gerard, Daughter in law Shelley and grandchildren
Orla, Oisin and Tristian

Joseph Thompson 11.04.11

Joseph Thompson, Meanletterbale, Lecamey and Dublin

Twenty eight years ago, on April 15, a loving heart stopped beating. As we watched you slip away, our hearts were truly broken as you fought to stay. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put His arms around you and whispered 'come to me'. Missed by your loving daughters Kathleen and Mary, and all the family.

Robert Doherty 08.01.11

Dad, you left us 20 years ago on January 8. We love and miss you always. Your wife Una and all the family, including Elaine and Mark, in Derry, Carndonagh and Orlando, Florida.

James Harkin 30.09.10

In loving memory of our dear uncle, James Harkin, Tiernaleague, Carndonagh, who died on October 4, 2009. We hold you close within our hearts and there you shall remain, to walk with us throughout our lives until we meet again. Always remembered and sadly missed by all of the Millar family, Glasgow.

Margaret Mary Conaghan 30.07.10

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.
Sadly missed & never forgotten. From your daughter in Scotland, your sons in England & Ireland and your husband John.

Denis (Din) Friel - An Acknowledgement 15.02.10

The brothers and sisters and extended family of the late Denis (Din) Friel would like to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them in their recent and sad bereavement. To all those attended the funeral, brought provisions to the house and helped in any way. To those who sent mass cards and floral tributes.
Many thanks to the staff of good hope hospital Birmingham who cared for Din during his short illness. Special thanks to Fr Seamus Gallagher for concelebrating the funeral mass and Fr Pat McGarvey who undertook the interment at Fanavolty.
Sincere thanks to Martin Burke and McClafferty Funeral Directors for the caring and professional way in which they handled the funeral arrangements. We would like to express our gratitude to the grave diggers.
Please accept this ackknowledgement as a token of our appreciation. Month's mind mass will be celebrated at All Saints Church, Newtowncunningham this Friday, February 19 at 7.30pm.

Peter Doherty 01.02.10

In fond memory of a loving husband and father, Peter Doherty, Ardcolgan, Carndonagh, who died 20 years ago on February 6, 1990.

"If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again".
Always in our thoughts and prayers and sadly missed by Marion, Peter, Carl, Mark and families.

Barney Doherty 26.01.10

In loving memory of my father, Barney, on the anniversary of his death on January 24, 2009. From his beloved wife, Margaret, sons David and Brian. God rest his soul.

John James Doherty - An Appreciation 26.10.09

Charles Doherty and the family of the late John James Doherty, Trimbane, Carndonagh and Salford, Manchester, would like to thank everyone who sympathised with them on their recent sad loss on October 11, 2009. Special thanks to the staff at Carndonagh Community Hospital, Letterkenny General Hospital and the community nurses who looked after John at home. Thank you to everyone who attended the funeral mass at Carndonagh and for all the mass cards. Thank you to Father Con McLaughlin for the mass and to Kelly's undertakers for the dignified way they handled all the arrangements. John's mind mass will take place on Thursday, December 3, in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh, at 7pm.

Margaret Brennan - An Appreciation 03.09.09

The family of the late Margaret Brennan, née Doherty, of Sutton, Dublin and Carndonagh, wish to thank most sincerely the many people who sympathised with them on their recent sad loss on August 13, 2009. Thank you to everyone who attended the Mass in Dublin, the funeral in Carndonagh, who sent Mass cards or made donations, in Margaret's memory, to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. A special thank you to Fr Paul Ward (Dublin), to Fr Con McLaughlin, Carndonagh and to Kelly Undertakers, especially Brian and Lawerence Kelly. Margaret's month's mind Mass will take place at 7pm on Saturday, September 12, in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh.

May Friel - 15th Anniversary 18.08.09

In loving memory of May Friel, a dear mother and grandmother who died on August 11, 1994. You may be out of sight and even worlds apart, but you are always on our minds and forever in our hearts. Sadly missed and always remembered by your daughter Sally, son in law Thomas and grandsons Aengus and T.J.

Neil Friel - 1st Anniversary 18.08.09

In loving memory of Neil Friel, a dear father and grandfather who died on August, 9, 2008. Our thoughts are always with you, our hearts still sore with pain, this world would be like heaven if you were here again. Sadly missed and always remembered by your daughter Sally, son in law Thomas and grandsons Aengus and T.J.

Ronnie McDonald 06.04.09

The death recently took place at Carndonagh Community Hospital of Ronnie McDonald, son of the late Dan and Mary McDonald, Drumaweir, Greencastle and O’Gara Villa’s Moville. Ronnie spent his working life in England and returned home 30 years ago. He was a quiet and unassuming popular person and it was reflected by the large number of people that came to pay their respect and attended his funeral from the home of his brother Jim and Marian McDonald, Ard Foyle, Moville. Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Mary’s, Ballybrack, by Fr Paddy O’Kane, PP Moville. The readers were his nieces, Mrs Agatha Harkin and Miss Kay McDonald. The offertory gifts were taken to the altar by his nieces and nephews Danny and Martin McDonald, Marie McDonald and Jacqueline Craig. The hymns in the church were rendered beautifully by Mr Neil McLaughlin. Ronnie was interred in the family plot in the adjoining graveyard. His brothers, Liam, Danny, Patrick and Benny pre-deceased him. The chief mourners were May Gill, St Peter’s Park, Greencastle, Agatha Sweeney, Drumaweir, Nancy Jones, Liverpool, Jim, Ard Foyle, Moville, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces and nephews. May he rest in peace.

Suzanne McElroy 06.04.09

Deepest sympathy is extended to the McElroy family on the recent death of their mother, Suzanne (Dolly) McElroy in the Buncrana Nursing Unit. She was predeceased by her husband Edward 28 years ago and her son Francis four years ago. Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Pius X Church, Moville, by Fr A Mailey, Drung, assisted by Fr P McGoldrick, Moville. She was laid to rest in St Mary’s, Ballybrack. Chief mourners were her sons, Hughie, Moville, Paddy, Moville, Eamon Galway and Billy, Derry, daughters Bridie, Quigley’s Point and Suzanne, Moville, brothers James and Hubert London, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Patrick McLaughlin 26.01.09

The sad passing took place on November 19, 2008, at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin of Patrick McLaughlin, St Joseph’s, Gleneely. Patrick was diligently cared for by the staff of AB Cleary who were greatly saddened by his death such was the warm rapport he had built with them in the weeks before. Patrick is also greatly missed in his native Inishowen. He loved life, he loved his country and most importantly, he loved his community. He will always be remembered by his loving family.

Hugh Kelly 15.12.08

The town of Moville was stunned by the sudden death of late Hugh Kelly, Derry Road. Hugh was one of Moville’s most popular figures. You would see him anywhere around the town, always with a smile and a friendly chat for all. The respect in which Hugh was held was reflected in the great numbers, who called to the house to pay their respects and who attended the funeral Mass. Moville fell silent as the crowds of mourners followed the cortege to the chapel. Requiem Mass was concelebrated in St Pius X Church, Moville by Father Paddy O'Kane PP Moville and Father Colm Morris, friend of the family. The readers were Hugh’s son Philip Kelly and his sister Carmel Carlin. Psalm was sung by his daughter Niamh Kelly. The Offertory Gifts were presented by Hugh’s daughter Aideen Tighe, son in law, Timothy Tighe, and niece Caoimhe Leavy. The Prayers of the Faithful were read by Brian Harkin, friend, Tony Carlin, nephew, Chris Grimley, daughter’s fiancée and Hilary Donnelly brother in law. The Moville Folk Choir rendered the beautiful music throughout Mass. After Requiem Mass, Hugh was interred in St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballybrack. Fr O'Kane; Fr Morris, Fr Andy Dolan, friend of the family and Fr George McLaughlin, Moville, all assisted at the interment. Chief mourners were his wife Agnes, son Philip, daughters Niamh and Chris, and Aideen and Tim, grandson Fionn, brothers Joe, Ciaran and Noel, sisters Eileen, Siobhan and Carmel, nieces, nephews, his extended family and his many friends. May he rest in peace.

Captain Dan McCann – An Appreciation 17.11.08

The community was deeply saddened by the untimely death in Shrove of Foyle Pilot, Dan McCann. Dan safely and expertly piloted ships through Lough Foyle to and from Derry since 1976, and was the sixth generation of his family to become a Foyle Pilot. He went to sea at the age of 14 in 1967, on board the “Owenro”, joining his elder brother John, who was captain of the ship.
Dan served on at least 20 ships over the next nine years and worked for some of the major shipping lines such as Gem Lines and Coes. His travels took him to North Africa, the Mediterranean and Scandinavia before getting his Master’s Certificate to become a Captain in 1976. He was just 23 when he earned this title – though he did not use it often. That same year he joined the Foyle Pilots, 55 years to the day after his own father had become a Foyle Pilot. Until he retired due to ill-health earlier this year, he piloted all kinds of vessels through the narrow channels of the lough.
These included cargo ships, tankers, trawlers, naval vessels, submarines, cruise ships and visiting ships such as the Royal Yacht “Britannia”, and “The Bounty” in August 2007.
Dan will be deeply missed by his fellow pilots, boatmen and Londonderry Port and Harbour staff. Harbour Master Bill McCann, a nephew of Dan’s, says piloting is an unusual job: “You need a lot of skill, patience, calm and steady nerves. You need awareness of the elements and the local waters, and an understanding of the perils of the sea. "Dan had all these things and in addition he was conscientious, safety conscious, a good ship handler and had a calm steady temperament which meant he worked well in often hazardous conditions with ships’ crews from all round the world and with harbour staff.”
Those who knew him will remember Dan McCann as a gentle, kind, generous, straight and honest man. He had a mischievous sense of humour and an ever present twinkle in his eye – which for some reason seems so typical of seafaring folk.
The sea was Dan’s profession but also his hobby and indeed his passion. For many years he spent his summer holidays fishing for salmon in Lough Foyle. Then for the past ten years he and his wife Michelle spent their free time sailing in their yacht “Aronele” along the west coast of Scotland and Hebridean islands. They planned to venture further afield after retiring.
That was not to be, however, as Dan became seriously ill in October last year and peacefully passed away at home on September 11, aged 56 years. Dan’s funeral took place in Ballybrack chapel, Moville, on one of the few beautiful sunny days in September. Fr Paddy O’Kane officiated at a very moving, poignant service. Deepest sympathy is extended to Dan’s beloved wife Michelle, his sons John and Barry, daughter Meadhbh, daughter-in-law Fawzia and grandchildren Saoirse and Oisin, brothers Charlie, John and Desmond, sisters Joan, Marie, Eileen and Katriona.

Jim Barron 30.09.08

The death took place on August 24, 2008 of Jim Barron, Lower Main Street, Moville. Jim, 91, was one of Moville’s most respected gentlemen who was well known and liked by young and old. He always had time for a chat with locals and visitors and liked nothing better than to entertain people with stories and rhymes from his youth. The esteem in which Jim was held was apparent from the large crowds who called to his home and who attended his funeral. His remains were taken from his home to St Pius X fro Requiem Mass which was celebrated by Fr Patrick O’Kane, who gave a lovely sermon on Jim's life. The readings were read by his grand-daughters Marita and Elena McGinley; prayers of the faithful were read by his nephew Bernard Doherty and niece Christine Richardson. His daughter Marie, grand-daughter Bridgeen, daughter-in-law Carmel and god-daughter Roisin presented the Offertory gifts. The hymns were beautifully sung by his neighbour Maxine Doherty. His remains were interred in St Mary’s Church, Ballybrack, where Fr O’Kane officiated at the graveside. The chief mourners were his son Shaun and wife Carmel, daughter Marie and husband Owen, grand-daughters Bridgeen, Marita and Elena, brothers, Jack and Paul, Ballyshannon, sisters, Kay, England, Chris and Phyllis, New York and Dympna, Canada. Jim was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth two years ago. May he rest in peace.

George Spokes 15.09.08

George Spokes, a long-time resident of Castle Park, Buncrana, passed away peacefully in the Nursing Unit on Sunday, September 25. He was aged 85. George is survived by his wife Mary, daughters, Evelyn, Ruby, May, Martina, Sharon and sons George, Sean, Freddie and Joe, 15 grandchildren as well as great grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. George was well known for his kindness and friendliness to friends and neighbours and is remembered, among other things, for rescuing at least one child from the Crana River many years ago. He was a founding member of Buncrana Fire Service in 1955 and was a stalwart of the service until his retirement. George worked from the age of 16 in the dye house at McCarter's on the Shore Front where he remained until his retirement at 65. Colleagues remember him with kindness and he was described by them as an “absolute gentleman”.

Teash McDaid 04.09.08

The family of the late Teash McDaid would like to thank everyone who sympathised with them on their recent bereavement. Special thanks to her neighbours in Glasgow, Billy White, Anne McCadam and the Connelly families, who were always at her side, before during and after her death. Thank you to Father O'Kane and Father Farren for the mass, and the undertakers Collins of Culdaff, for the dignified way they handled all the arrangements. To the cousins who provided the beautiful music, and to the children who took up the offerings. A special thank you to the staff at The Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow, who made her last days so peaceful, and cared for her so well in her short stay. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, we trust this acknowledgement will be accepted by all as a token of our heartfelt thanks during our recent loss.

Jane McCauley 01.09.08

MOVILLE and the whole North West was saddened to learn of the death at the age of 74 of Jane McCauley, Montgomery Terrace. A member of the well known McCormick family from Derry, Jane married local businessman James McCauley and came to live in Moville in 1960 where they raised their family. Throughout her life in Moville she was regarded as quite simply 'a lady', quietly spoken and always immaculately presented. She was highly involved in local committees and organisations in Inishowen - being a founder member of both Moville ICA and Moville Bridge Club as well as being a key member of Moville Feis, Moville Drama Club, Moville and District Mental Health Association and Carndonagh Bridge Club. James predeceased her in 1992 and Jane had suffered illness over the last few years but her passing came suddenly. The large attendance at her removal, wake and funeral was a testimony to the high regard in which she was held. Requiem Mass was concelebrated in St Pius X Church, Moville, by Fr Paddy O Kane PP, readers were her son Leo McCauley and granddaughter Hannah McCauley, Prayers of the Faithful were read by her grandchildren Gordon, Jane, Kate and Sarah, Offertory Gifts were presented by
her sisters Annie Morgan and Beda Tobin and her nieces Jane Corr and Louise Turnbull.
She is survived by her sons Leo and Denis, daughters-in-law Mary and Sue, grandchildren Jane, Kate, Sarah, Emma, James, Hannah and Gordon, sisters Annie Morgan and Beda Tobin and brother George McCormick. May she rest in peace. Jane’s Months Mind Mass will be held in St Pius X Moville on Saturday 13th September at 10am.

Rose Doyle 12.08.08

In Loving Memory on the Second Anniversary

We cannot bring the old days back when we were all together,
The family chain is broken now, but memories last forever.
Thinking of you always with great affection.
Your Aunt Jennie O'Hagan.

Those we love are never really lost to us,
we feel them in so many special ways through friends they always cared about and dreams they left behind, in beauty that they added to our days, in words of wisdom we still carry with us and memories that never will be gone. Those we love are never really lost to us for everywhere their special love lives on.
Always remembered by your family and friends.

John Harvey 16.06.08

It was with great sadness that the people of Greencastle and Moville learned of the death of John Harvey, St Peter's Park, Greencastle after a prolonged and difficult illness. John will be sadly missed by his wife Molly, family friends and neighbours. The large number of mourners who attended the house and funeral was an indication of the high esteem in which John was held. Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Mary's Church Ballybrack by Father Paddy O Kane PP Moville, who gave a touching sermon on the life of John. The offertory gifts were presented by his grand-daughters Donna, Rachel, Niamh and Kathy. The beautiful music was rendered by Siobhan Philips and choir with a solo from Shunie Crampsey. After Mass, John was interred in the adjoining cemetery. Chief mourners were his wife Molly, his sons Patsy and Gabrielle, Greencastle, Gerard and Katrina, Moville, Johnny and Claire, Greencastle, Martin and Gavin, Greencastle. His daughters Sadie and Anthony, Muff, Jennifer and Barry, Moville, Ann and Kenny, Culdaff, his brother Tommy and Kathleen, Moville, his niece Caroline and David and the girls, his grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and his many friends. May he rest in peace.

Rodger (Roddy) Houton 02.05.08

Rodger Houton was born in Malin Head in 1924 to Rose Ann (nee Doherty) and James Houton. He moved to the US in 1948. He married Kathleen Nevin in 1954. They had four children - James, Kathleen, Denis and Geraldine. He was heartbroken by the sudden death of his beloved Kathleen on July 18, 1977.
He always had a smile for everyone he met and never an unkind word. He’s described as the most loyal and honourable of men. He was devoted to his family. He loved reminiscing about Ireland. He was a sports fan but especially never missed a Red Sox game. He was overjoyed when they finally won a World Series game in 2004. He enjoyed horse racing, the company of his friends, Irish music, dancing and a good joke.
He died in his home, with hospice care, with his family around him on April 10, 2008. He was a strong, beautiful, faithful, gentle man - one of the best who ever lived. To have had him for a father was a gift from God. (Geraldine Houton Curran)

Mick O'Hagan 10.04.08

Anyone who knew Mick O'Hagan, realised they had met an exceptional guy. Always cheerful and ready with a song. He had a great voice, a wonderful smile and always a pleasant word.
He was 86 and was one of 14 children raised in a two-room cottage in Old Mountain, Buncrana - the end of a special breed. Raised with little or nothing, he made it in the world by sheer hard work and talent.
I remember him especially for his kindness and craic and for his lovely singing voice. He used to be one of the group that would visit the Nazareth House on Wednesday evenings, along with Frank and Teresa Doherty, Willie Breslin and a few others to entertain the residents of that fine place. He got as much enjoyment from it as it gave others. May he rest in peace and may his family be consoled by having him as their own. (by Kevin McDonald, Linsfort)

Michael McDermott 18.02.08

The death took place recently after a long illness of Michael McDermott, St. Finian's Park, Moville. Michael worked in Bonner's Shop on the Malin Road for 34 years, where he earned great respect from the public for his honest and hard working manner. The esteem in which Michael was held was shown by the large attendance at the removal from Carndonagh Hospital, all the people who called to his home and the huge crowd who attended the funeral Mass in St. Pius X, followed by his burial in St. Mary's Church, Bocan. Michael was a devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather. Deepest sympathy is extended to his dedicated wife Susan and his family Donal, Helene, Michael, Dermot, Joseph, Susan, Seamus and Maria, daughters-in-law and sons-in-law. May he rest in peace.

Paddy McCartney 21.01.08

The parish of Moville was shocked recently by the sudden death of Patrick McCartney of St Finian's Park in the town. Paddy, as he was known, worked for many years in McCauley's Mills, Moville, having served in the Irish Navy previously. He was an experienced salmon fisherman and was also a member of the St Eugene's Hall committee for many years. On being made redundant, Paddy took up gardening and could be seen working in gardens all over the parish and even further afield. He enjoyed every minute working outdoors with plants and flowers and he was quite knowledgeable about many gardening issues. He went to his rest on January 5, 2008, after a very short illness. Paddy is survived by his wife Roisin, sons John, Paddy, and Michael, daughters Mary Ann, Eileen, Rose, Caroline and Jennifer. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, by his brother Danny and sisters Greta, Annie, Sadie, Philomena and Mary. His remains were waked at his home in St Finian's Park and hundreds of neighbours and friends called to pay their last respects. The funeral Mass was celebrated by Father Patrick McGoldrick CC who was a great support to the family since Paddy was taken ill. He was interred at Ballybrack graveyard and is sadly missed. Ar dheis D go raibh anam duine uasal seo agus leaba I measc na-aingeal.

Frances McDaid 11.01.08

St Finian's Park, Moville, has lost one of its oldest residents with the recent sad death of Frances McDaid. Her unexpected death took place at her home at 91 years of age. Frances had a great sense of fun. She loved to listen to music and singing and enjoyed watching her young grandchildren and great grandchildren playing. Frances who was one of eight brothers and sisters was the last remaining member of the McGonagle family who originated from Cooley, Moville. Some consolation is felt by her family due to Frances' strong faith and belief that when her day would come, she would be reunited with her loving husband John. Her funeral Mass was celebrated by Father McGoldrick C.C., Moville. The readers were her grand-daughters Sinead Faulkner and Sharon McDaid. The Psalm was read by her grand-daughter Lavinia McDaid. The Offertory gifts were presented by her grandsons Kevin, Connor, Eunan and Andrew McDaid. Prayers of the Faithful were read by her grandsons Gavin and Gareth McDaid. The beautiful music was rendered by the Moville Folk Choir and a beautiful rendition of "He is The Lord" was sung by her grand-daughters Elena Gill and Maeve McDaid. Frances will be sadly missed by her four sons, John, Kevin, Hillary and Terence, her daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, many friends and neighbours. May she rest in peace.

Margaret Warnock 17.12.07

There was deep regret in the parish on the recent death of Margaret Warnock. Margaret was a lifelong resident in the Moville area and spent many years working in New Park Hotel, Moville. Although Margaret was a quiet, reserved person, the esteem in which she was held was reflected on the large numbers that called to her home and those who attended the funeral from her late residence to Moville Presbyterian Church. Her service was conducted by Reverend Gilbert Young, a lesson was read by her son David and the organist was Dorothy Young. Margaret was interred in Clar burial ground. Chief mourners were her son Daniel (Moville), brother James McLucas and his wife Jean (Birmingham), sister May and her husband Fred Bowley (Birmingham) and nephew Trevor Carlin (Birmingham). May she rest in peace.

Mary Bonner, Redcastle 07.12.07

The death took place at her late residence after a long illness of Mary Bonner, wife of Eugene Bonner, Carrickmaquigley, Redcastle.
Mary, a native Co Cavan, came to work for Major Cochrane at The Redcastle, alongside her aunt Letty McBrien. In due course, she met and married Eugene Bonner, a native of Redcastle and settled down to married life. After a short time, they went to live and work in England. Subsequently they had two children who they frequently returned with as visitors to the area. On retirement, they purchased a cottage and once more they were back living in Redcastle. Sadly, Mary was stricken with Alzheimer's and it was the only blot on their dream. Despite this, she was happy to potter about looking after the hens always with a smile on her face and a welcome for all. The respect with which this quiet woman was held, was reflected in the large numbers which included many family and friends from Cavan, who called to the house to pay their respects and attended the funeral. Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Father Mailey, Drung, Father Sweeney and Father Moran. The readers were her niece Imelda Gaffney, Cavan and Wilma Bonner, Moville. The Prayers of the Faithful were read by Mary’s grandchildren, Rebecca and Simon Bonner, Manchester. The Offertory gifts were presented by Raymond and Carmel Bonner, Mary's son and daughter, Rebecca and Simon Bonner, grandchildren and Sean and Leone Bonner, niece and nephew. The beautiful music was rendered throughout by Neilly McLaughlin. After the funeral Mass, Mary was interred in the adjoining graveyard. Chief mourners were her husband Eugene, son Raymond and Judy, Manchester, daughter, Carmel and Martin Wales, grandchildren, brother John and Maggie, Cavan, nieces, nephews, brother in law, sister in law, extended family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Charlie O'Donnell - An Appreciation 25.10.07

The late Charlie O'Donnell. The untimely death of Charlie O'Donnell has left Buncrana and Inishowen bereft of a kind and compassionate community leader.
He was involved in so many aspects of life in Buncrana, Cockhill and wider Inishowen, his loss will be felt in many places and in many ways.
There was the Charlie of the Inishowen Football League; of the St. Vincent de Paul; of Cockhill Celtic Youth and Football Club; of Cockhill Commuity, Pre-School and Childcare Centre and FAS - to name just some of his more visible projects.
As his friends in Cockhill Celtic remember; "Charlie himself once wrote, 'allow children to watch and you occupy them for a moment, have children participate and you will occupy them for a lifetime',".
This philosopy sums up someone who cared deeply not only for his community but for
its future.
He will be deeply missed by his many friends and colleagues in the Inishowen Football League of which he was chairman for 35 years. They recall how members of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), on a recent visit to the peninsula, were astounded by the high level of the facilities available to clubs in the local league. "Charlie was never one to rest on his laurels and when Maginn Park became available, he saw it as an ideal league headquarters to serve all the footballing communities in the peninsula. He spent many, many hours, along with others, negotiating for the park and was delighted when the IFL finally secured it."
Charlie will be remembered by local journalists as a polite and professional spokesperson who did his best to be helpful when contacted, but who never sought publicity or the limelight for himself.
Unfortunately, Charlie will not be around to witness the fruition of many of his dreams and visions. The challenge for the league and its clubs now is to honour his memory by completing the project in a manner he would have been proud of.
Cockhill Community Pre-School and Childcare Centre described him as a man of "the highest integrity, patience and kindness". "He was Mr. Community in every sense of the word."
The Society of the St. Vincent de Paul, in a heartfelt tribute in the Inishowen Independent wrote: "Charlie joined the Society around 1969 which made him a member for coming up on 40 years.
"At local level, he was president of St. Mary's SVP conference in Cockhill. One of his primary projects was the provision of ten social housing units in the area. Charlie was a role model for any young person. His affection and dedication to helping people was an inspiration to SVP members and his input at meetings was always straightforward and without fail he offered sensible solutions to issues.
"He was one of those involved in the setting up of the Ozanam Centre at Lower Main Street, Buncrana, that opened in 1989.
"The loss of Charlie will be deeply felt within the SVP and throughout the community. However, the members of the society are committed to carrying on the many unfinised projects Charlie had in the pipeline and offer their condolences to Charlie's family."
Cllr. Rena Donaghey, who worked with Charlie in Cockhill Youth Club for 15 years, held her friend and neighbour in the highest esteem:
"Charlie was definitely one of life's gentlemen and was the best neighbour anyone could ever ask for. I always found him to be decent, honourable and focused. A small farmer, caring and hardworking by nature, he was intelligent and articulate. He gave unstintingly of his time to everyone and had a particular interest in the welfare of the youth and disadvantaged members of the community." May he rest in peace.

Cassie Harkin 02.10.07

The sad passing has taken place of Cassie Harkin, Negult, Moville. She was very well respected and a valued member of the community. She spent her early years working in McKinney’s Hotel (now The Foyle Hotel) before getting married to Packie in 1946. She was an excellent wife to Packie, mother to Alex, Shaun, Rosaleen, Sheila, Patricia and Bernie and will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers and sisters, neighbours and friends. Her funeral Mass in St. Pius X, Moville, was celebrated by Fr. Patrick McGoldrick CC, Moville, to an overflowing congregation. Cassie had attended Mass there when she was able. The readers were Mr. Eamon Gillen, grandson, Mr. Gerard Harkin, grandson. Prayers of the Faithful were read by her grandchildren, John Gillen, Orla Sweeney, Cathy Doherty, Laura White and Mary Harkin. The hymns were delivered beautifully by Claire Doherty. The gifts were taken to the altar by her four daughters, Rosaleen, Sheila, Patricia and Bernie. Cassie was laid to rest in St. Mary’s, Ballybrack with Fr. McGoldrick officiating. The chief mourners were her sons Alex and Bridie (Moville), Shaun and Maureen (Quigley’s Point), her daughters Rosaleen and Harry (Moville), Sheila and George (Buncrana), Patricia and Gerry (Derry) and Bernie and Dave (Gleneely), brothers Johnny (Derry), Robert (Carrowbeg) and sisters Celia (Derry), Mary (Lecamy) and all her grandchildren and great grandchildren and a large group of friends.

Bridget McDaid 02.10.07

The sad passing has taken place of Bridget McDaid 1915 to 2007, Ballyratten, Redcastle. Bridget passed away peacefully in Letterkenny General Hospital on Thursday, September 20th.
In recent months her health had been poorly but for most of her 92 years she enjoyed good health. Her popularity as a community member and as a family person was reflected in the large attendance at her removal and wake and funeral. Her lovely funeral Mass in Drung Chapel was celebrated by Fr. Mailey to an overflowing congregation. Her grandchildren sang Bridget’s favourite hymns beautifully. The gifts were taken to the altar by Bridget’s great-grandchildren. Bridget was laid to rest with her husband Joe in the adjoining cemetery. The chief mourners were her sons and daughters Harry, Mary, Margery, Francis, Joseph, Michael and Rose, her daughters in law and sons in law, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and large extended family. Bridget hailed from Ballybrack and is the last of her line of the Rawdon’s family of Ballybrack. Bridget worked as a domestic servant in Moville for ten years before her marriage to Joe in 1941. On her marriage she moved to Ballylawn where she and her husband raised a family of four boys and four girls. Bridget had a great memory for dates and events of the past and could keep her children and grandchildren fascinated with stories from her childhood and girlhood. Bridget was a wonderful homemaker and a loving and gentle mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had 32 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Bridget was predeceased by her husband Joe, her daughter Anne and her two grandchildren Margery and Mark. Her Ballyratten home will be lonely without her and she will be sadly missed by her family and many friends and neighbours. May she rest in peace.

James McGrory - An Appreciation 28.09.07

The late James McGrory. James McGrory was born in the year of the Easter Rising, 1916. He celebrated his 91st birthday in Letterkenny General Hospital on Sunday, September 16th, 2007 and died there three days later.
Like many people of James's era, he took work where he could find it and supplemented the family income through his small farm in 'The Parish' of Desertegney where he grew potatoes and cut turf. He also did various jobs over the years. He worked in Swan's Mill and as a gardener for the Swan family where he discovered a natural talent for growing flowers, plants and vegetables. But he spent most of his years until retirement with Donegal and Buncrana Councils.
His first love was his family but his great passion in life was music and singing in every form. He was a great fan of John McCormack and had a huge repertoire of old songs. He would oblige anyone who asked him to sing, whether it was 'The Town I Loved So Well', an old Irish song, a Rogers and Hammerstein classic or an Elvis hit.
James played a number of instruments but the one he is best known for was his piano-keyed accordion. He was also a member of the Starlite band in his younger years and had many a funny story to tell about his travels around the North West with his bandmates.
James had a quick wit and loved a laugh and a joke but never at anyone else's expense.
He was an accomplished golfer in his day and a past Captain of Buncrana Golf Club. He played his last round of golf in his late eighties and didn't stop fishing the Crana River until that age too.
James, who dearly loved his hometown of Buncrana and its characters, was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He was compassionate to all and it broke his heart to know that children were starving in the world.
He was a true Christian and devout Catholic, not just in word but in deed as well. He was always happy to do someone a good turn. He attended Mass regularly until illness took his mobility from him. This also deprived him of his regular walks to the shore.
Above all, James was a loving husband to Ethna, father to Irene, Linda and Jimmy and grandfather to Letitia. He liked nothing better than having them all around him. He is survived by his wife and children and brothers Colm, Joe, Tony and Francis.

Michael McCarron 28.09.07

The town of Moville and surrounding areas were numb with shock at the death of Michael McCarron, Malin Road, Moville. He was the father of the late Brian whose anniversary occurs shortly. Michael was one of Moville’s most respected gentlemen. He was very well known when he was a bus conductor with Lough Swilly and always helpful. A true gentleman he had a word for everyone that knew him. He was an excellent husband to Nan, father to Michelle, Aidan, Shane and will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, brother and sisters, neighbours and friends. His Funeral Mass in St. Pius X, Moville concelebrated by Rev. Fr Michael Carney, St. Eunan’s Letterkenny and Rev. Fr Paddy O’Kane P.P. Moville to an overflowing congregation and where Michael attended daily Mass. The readers were Mrs Mary Gillen sister-in-law and his son Shane. The Psalm was sung by the Moville Folk Choir. Prayers of the Faithful were by his grandchildren Cathy McCarron, Conor, Emma, Carron Griffin. The Moville Folk Choir rendered beautifully Michael’s favourite hymns. The gifts were taken to the altar by his wife Nan and family. Michael was laid to rest in St Mary’s, Ballybrack, Fr Michael Carney and Fr P O’Kane officiated. The chief mourners were his wife Nan, daughter Michelle, sons Aidan and Shane, sister Sadie and Don McInerney, Brigid and Hugh McGuiness, May and Patsy Barr, brother John and Ena and grandchildren, Marian Harkin, MEP, and an large group of friends.

Robert Emmett Reid 14.08.07

The death took place following an accident in New York on July 30th, 2007 of Robert Emmett Reid. Twenty-six year old Robert was the son of Tom Reid and the late Astrid (nee Doherty-Miller) from Buncrana. Robert is survived by his father Tom, sister Deirdre and brothers Eamonn and Tommy. Born at Altnagelvin Hospital, on March 31st, 1981, Robert lived for the first six years of his life in the Lake of Shadows Hotel, Buncrana, were his parents ran their business. The family returned to the USA in 1987. Robert's funeral in New York was attended by his aunts and uncles from Buncrana and Kilkenny and many Buncrana people living in New York.

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