Kilcar is a better for the contribution of Michael O’Donnell, mourners at his funeral were told.
The former county councillor and Donegal person of the year passed away last week on aged 87.
A large crowd of mourners attended his funeral at St. Cartha’s in Kilcar on Friday.
Fr. Edward Gallagher told mourners that Michael had lived a good, long and very full life. “The achievements of Michael O’Donnell are too numerous to list or mention,” he said. “We have all been enriched by Michael’s hard work over many years. Kilcar is a better place today because Michael O’Donnell was among us for the last 87 years.”
Fr. Gallagher said Michael was a clever man with of a lot of ability. He was a man of hope, he said. “He had great hope in God and great hope in people and he ploughed new furrows day after day. Michael O’Donnell was a hero among heroes.”
Fr. Gallagher ended his sermon with a quote from one of Michael’s poems, Life’s Hard Slog.
“Life is but a trial, a testing ground for all. The oscar is in heaven, we answer to its call.”
Born in Bogagh, Carrick in 1925 he became a driving force in his local community. He worked as a teacher and then in a local factory before coming postmaster in Kilcar. He was active in trade unionism and was involved in the establishment of Kilcar Parish Council and Kilcar Drama Society. He was a Chairperson and Board Member of Radio na Gaeltachta, and was involved in the establishment of Áislann Chill Chartha and Scoil Chartha Naofa, Kilcar. He was heavily involved in Kilcar GAA club and was involved in the setting up of Coláiste na Carraige and the purchase of land for the Ballymoon Industrial Estate.
A fluent Irish speaker he was also a prolific writer and poet and his work included a history of Kilcar. His writing also included thousands of letters at Christmas time to children purporting to come from Santa.
His contribution to Kilcar saw him named Donegal Person of the Year in 2006.
Michael was predeceased by his daughter Eileen, child Oliver and brother Frank. He is survived by his wife Bridie, and his children Aiden, John, Declan, Ciaran, Maureen, Una, Eithna, Eilish, Sheila and Michelle.