Book of condolences opened in Letterkenny in honour of Tidy Towns chairman

A book of condolences has been opened in the Donegal County Museum on Letterkenny’s High Road in memory of the late Jim McCormick whose sudden death on a holiday in Spain last Friday has shocked the local community.

A book of condolences has been opened in the Donegal County Museum on Letterkenny’s High Road in memory of the late Jim McCormick whose sudden death on a holiday in Spain last Friday has shocked the local community.

The book will remain open until Saturday, October 1st during the Museum’s opening hours.

The chairman of the Letterkenny Tidy Towns committee and well known businessman, Mr. McCormick will be laid to rest in Milford Cemetery on Saturday following 11 a.m. funeral mass in St. Mary’s Church, Fanavolty in Fanad.

His remains are due to arrive on Letterkenny’s Main Street this afternoon, Thursday, at 1.30 p.m. on route to the family home at Rinboy where they are expected to arrive by 3 p.m.

Tributes have been pouring in for the popular 69-year-old who was instrumental in establishing the Letterkenny Tidy Towns committee and in progressing the town to numerous gold medals in the National Tidy Towns competition.

“He was undoubtedly the catalyst for the tidy towns in Letterkenny. I think it all stemmed from an R.T.E. programme on the town many years ago which didn’t promote a great image of Letterkenny,” said Mr. McCormick’s good friend and former North-West tourism chief, Denis Doyle yesterday.

“Jim asked what can we do about it. That was 25 or 26 years ago and it was his enthusiasm and commitment that helped propel the town to where it is today.

“He worked so hard over the years and had a pride and joy in the town that transferred itself to those who worked alongside him on the Tidy Towns committee.

“You could say that, due to his efforts, Letterkenny went from being non-league to Premier League,” declared Mr. Doyle.

He added: “Jim’s ambition was, of course, to win the national title and Letterkenny only finished four marks behind this year’s overall winner, Killarney. He was always getting closer to that ambition.

“He travelled to Killarney and Kilkenny to view their efforts and was very admired wherever he went. He was a great ambassador for the Tidy Towns and for Letterkenny nationwide.”

Mr. Doyle said, however, that first and foremost in Jim McCormick’s life was his wife, Fionnuala and family. “He’ll be greatly missed by the Tidy Towns people and by the community but, of course, much more so by his family to whom he was devoted. His grandchildren were very precious to him.”

The late Mr. McCormick is survived by his wife, Fionnuala, sons, Owen, Gerard and Brian; daughters-in-law, Audrey, Annmarie and Lisa; sisters-in-law; grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers, John and Owen.

Meanwhile, the Book of Condolences will be available to sign in the County Museum between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 1 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. on Saturday. In addition the book will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Friday during the annual Culture Night.

The Letterkenny Tidy Towns exhibition ‘Down Through the Years’ - the opening was attended by Mr. McCormick some weeks ago - is currently running at the Museum.