Pensioner injured in explosion dies

The west Donegal pensioner who was seriously injured in an explosion at his home almost four months ago has died.

The west Donegal pensioner who was seriously injured in an explosion at his home almost four months ago has died.

Conal McFadden (68) of Cluain Baire, Falcarragh passed away on Friday after a short stay at the Donegal Hospice.

Mr. McFadden died after failing to recover from injuries sustained in a gas explosion at his home on August 15th.

There was a huge turnout at the funeral of the popular retired county council worker.

Mr. McFadden was laid to rest following Requiem Mass at St. Finian's Church, Falcarragh, yesterday afternoon.

Mr. McFadden had been treated in St. James' Hospital, Dublin and at Letterkenny General Hospital following the explosion which extensively damaged his bungalow. A domestic gas cylinder was suspected of being the cause of the explosion which occurred around 10pm while Mr. McFadden was at home alone. Neighbours at the time described the blast as being massive. The explosion caused a large bang and sent a huge fireball spreading 200 yards from the house. The blast destroyed the roof, demolished a gable wall and left furniture strewn outside the house.

Originally from Dunlewey Mr. McFadden worked as a lorry driver for the council and had retired recently. He settled in the Falcarrgah area after he married his wife Margaret.

He is also survived by his four children, Joe, Stephen, Pascal and Fiona. He was known for his community work in the area. Local councillor Seamus Domhnaill said the huge turn-out at the funeral reflected the respect for Mr. McFadden in the area.

"He worked for the council for years and was synonymous with the council and also did a lot of work in the community. There was massive turnout because it was such a tragedy and because he was so well-known."