Funeral set for accident victim

Carolyn Farrar

Reporter:

Carolyn Farrar

Communities in west Donegal are devastated following the tragic death on Tuesday of a Doochary father of two.

Communities in west Donegal are devastated following the tragic death on Tuesday of a Doochary father of two.

Eamonn Bonner, from Doochary, died after a tragic accident. It is understood the accident involved a crane coming into contact with an overhead electrical wire at about 9am on Tuesday.

The Health and Safety Authority is investigating, an authority spokesperson said. Mr. Bonner, believed to have been in his 40s, was working on a local water scheme at Meenabool.

“On behalf of the community I just want to express my deepest and heartfelt sympathies to Collette and her children, Rozlyn and Sorcha,” said Father Eamonn McLaughlin, curate at St. Bridget’s Church, Lettermacaward. He also wanted to express deepest sympathies to Mr. Bonner’s parents, to his brother Michael and sister Margaret, to Collette’s family and to all the relatives.

Mr. Bonner was the type of man who would “give you the shirt off his back”, Father Eamonn said, adding that Mr. Bonner was dedicated to his family and his work.

“The community is absolutely devastated and as a community we just want to assure the family of our prayers and our support for them at this time and a long time after,” Father Eamonn said. The children of Scoil Naomh Bhride National School, Lettermacaward, attended mass yesterday morning at St. Bridget’s to say a rosary for the Bonner children and their family.

The removal took place yesterday from Sean McGlynn’s funeral home in Dungloe. The funeral mass will be held at 11 am tomorrow at St. Bridget’s Church, Lettermacaward.

“The parish is speechless, they’re just dumfounded,” Father Eamonn said.

“People are in tears; they are extremely upset,” he said. “People’s hearts just bleed and go out for the family, such a young and beautiful family and such an awful tragedy.

“We don’t have words that can express our feelings or sentiments or emotions at this time, but just our presence and support and anything we can do,” Father Eamonn said. “This is a community that pulls together in the most extraordinary way.”