The funeral took place in Letterkenny on Sunday of Vincent Murphy, late of Cornagill and a former lecturer and Head of Department at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
One of the most popular members of staff at the college up to his retirement, he had been involved with it since the early seventies and was innovative in his approach to third level education.
A native of Cork, he passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar, on Friday morning following an illness. He was aged 69 years.
His achievements both at the former Regional Technical College and in a community role were highlighted by family friends, Fr. Paddy Dunne, in his eulogy at the funeral mass in the Church of the Irish Martyrs, and by Declan O’Carroll, prior to the removal of the remains for burial.
They spoke of his committed career at the college, his contribution to underage football and the setting up of a film club in Letterkenny. The late Mr. Murphy was a former President of the Students Union in Ireland and also played a significant role in the development of the local community.
Chief celebrant at the mass was the deceased’s brother Fr. Tomas Murphy, who was assisted by Fr. Dunne, Fr. Kieran Harkin, Fr. Michael Carney, Fr. Brian Quinn and Fr. Joe O’Donnell. Music for the ceremony was by Declan Nee. Readings were by members of the family who also conveyed the Offertory Gifts to the altar.
Mr. Murphy is survived by his wife, Joan (nee McCarthy from Cork); sons, Cian (Cork), Eoin (Dublin), and Garvan (Letterkenny); daughter, Cliona Marley (Ramelton); brother, Fr. Tomas; sister, Martha Cooper (Cork); grandchildren, Ciara, Feile and Eolann; son-in-law, Paul, daughter-in-law, Clodagh, partners Marie and Maria; in-laws, relatives, friends and neighbours to whom sympathy is extended.