The late Charlie O'Donnell
The late Charlie O’Donnell
A large crowd was present in the Church of the Holy Family Ardara on Friday March 1st to say slán agus beannacht to Charlie O’Donnell of Leaconnell who passed away peacefully in his hundredth year on Tuesday 26th at his daughter Fidelma’s home in Spierstown, Donegal Town.
He was born in Largynacharra in 1913 and lived there until he went to work in Belfast in 1941 following the death of his father. There he found employment in Courtney’s Bar and Bottling Store on the Newtownards Road, Belfast. In 1946 he married Mary Gallagher of Leaconnell following the sudden death of her father Frank.
Together they raised twelve children: Frank, Donegal Town; James, Co. Kildare; Charlie, Kilcar; John Michael, Doohill, Ardara; Mary, Dublin; Peter, Carrick on Shannon (deceased); Breege, The Gold Coast, Australia; Eddie, Indiana; Kathleen, Dublin; Conal, Rahanlackey, Dunkineely; Fidelma, Spierstown, Donegal Town and Malachy, Maynooth.
He was grandfather of 39 and great-grandfather of 18 and is also deeply mourned by sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, partners, nieces, nephews, good neighbours and many friends.
Charlie was a man who was passionate about the Irish language, politics and the G.A.A. He was deep in his faith and above all loyal to his family, friends and the wider community. He enjoyed nothing better than a chat. He was kind, courteous and informative; he retold stories and recalled events that would have been otherwise long forgotten. The accuracy of his memory was legendary.
Ni iomlán saol an duine bás an duine. Ní bheidh a léithid ann arís.