Communities unite in grief

Communities in west Donegal came together on Friday for the funeral Mass of Eamonn Bonner of Doochary, the father of two who died in a tragic accident on Tuesday while working in the Dunlewey area.

Communities in west Donegal came together on Friday for the funeral Mass of Eamonn Bonner of Doochary, the father of two who died in a tragic accident on Tuesday while working in the Dunlewey area.

Hundreds of mourners filled St. Bridget’s Church in Lettermacaward, with many more people also filling about half of the church hall and standing outside during the Mass.

Eamonn Bonner, 41, a married father of two daughters, was working on a local water scheme at Meenaboll when the tragedy occurred at about 9am on Tuesday. It is believed the accident involved a crane coming into contact with an overhead electrical wire.

“What started out on Tuesday morning as an ordinary day, took an extraordinary tragic turn that we will never forget,” said Father Eamonn McLaughlin, Lettermacaward curate, in his homily.

“Heading out to do an honest and hard day’s work as per usual, Eamonn was tragically and suddenly taken from us,” he said.

Father Eamonn offered most sincere sympathies on behalf of all the communities represented at the funeral to Mr. Bonner’s family: his wife, Collette, their children, Rozlyn and Sorcha; his parents, Michael and Bridie; his siblings, Margaret and Michael; and his extended family circle.

“The life of each one of us is a precious and fragile gift,” Father Eamonn said. “All of us naturally take life and loved ones for granted from time to time. At a time like this, however, the life of each one of us grinds to a halt as we each take a close look at the meaning of life, the people around us, the work we do and the memories we make.”

The Mass was concelebrated by Rev. Dr. Pádraig Ó Baoighill, parish priest of Gaoth Dobhair; Father John Joe Duffy, Arranmore curate; Father Eddie Butler of Dungloe; and Father James Gillespie, Milford curate.

Mr Bonner loved his work and loved his family, Father Eamonn said.

“He was self-sufficient and took pride in his work and in providing for his family well into the future,” he said. “Anything Eamonn would get, he would earn. Eamonn was extremely gifted, as are his daughters, with their writing of songs and their Irish dancing. The beautiful home, the well-finished sheds, the great herd of farm stock: Eamonn could turn his hand to anything.”

For further coverage see Donegal On Sunday.