The late May McClintock


The late May McClintock

A woman who left an indelible mark on the community in which she lived was laid to rest yesterday afternoon in Letterkenny.

May McClintock, Glendoon, New Mills, was born on November 9th, 1931 in Convoy. After having had her schooling, she went to Dublin where she studied to become a teacher.

Her enthusiasm, talent and ability soon became exceptionally apparent to those close to her and she found herself an active member of many associations in her locality. She moved to Letterkenny following her marriage to her husband, John, a well known and respected veterinary practitioner.

They had four children, Dearn, Stephanie, Virginia and Jonathon.

She accomplished much during her 84 years. These accomplishments will remain as a reminder of the woman who worked tirelessly towards the betterment of the society in which she lived.

She was a well known and respected historian and an active member of the Donegal Historical Society. May is particularly renowned for her scholarship of the Derryveagh evictions and for raising a wide awareness of that sad and traumatic time. She wrote two wonderful books on the subject.

A wonderful storyteller, she loved to recount the history of Letterkenny and on many occasions told stories of farmers passing her family home on the way to Letterkenny town to the market many decades ago.

An exceptionally social and outgoing woman she was delighted when Letterkenny won the national Tidy Town award last year.

May had been a founding member of the committee and during an interview with the 'Donegal Democrat' at the time, she spoke with earnestness and pride in relation to the award.

Lifetime achievement

In 2013, May was presented with a lifetime achievement award of behalf of An Taisce. The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrated her membership of An Taisce. May was a member of the organisation for over forty years.

May was encouraged to join the local association of An Taisce in 1971 by the late Thomasina Kelly of Kiltoy, Letterkenny. May and Thomasina, as well as the late Antoin Mac Gabhainn, worked together with other members at the time to lay the foundations of one of the most successful and vibrant associations of An Taisce nationally.

May was also recognised for her pioneering work in the Irish Farmer's Association (IFA) and was recognised with honorary life membership.

Many learnt, with great sadness, of her death which took place at the Donegal Hospice, Knocknamona, Letterkenny on Friday last.

Predeceased by her husband, John, and survived by her daughters, Virginia McClintock Fox (Letterkenny) and Stephanie McClintock Jones (Naas, County Kildare); sons Jonathan, (Belfast); and Dearn, (Letterkenny); sisters Rebecca (Ruby) Bonar, Donegal town and Frances Bonar, London; and brother Tommy Bonar, (London); and Shannon Bonar (killygordon); grandchildren and in-laws, relatives, family and a wide circle of friends.

Her Service of Thanksgiving was held yesterday afternoon in Conwal Parish, Church, Letterkenny, conducted by Canon Stewart Wright. She was laid rest in the family plot at Gortlee Cemetery.