Well known sportsman John Carlin will be laid to rest after 11 o’clock Requiem Mass at St. Patrick’s Church at the Crossroads this (Thursday) morning.
John Carlin, 83, of Killygordon was exceptionally popular in the community and in the surrounding areas due to his sporting achievements and his kind and generous nature.
The Crossroads man, who was instrumental in the establishment of the Finn Valley Athletic Club, was also an honorary member of the Finn Valley Club.
Patsy McGonagle the chairperson of the club, said that Carlin achieved much during his sporting career.
“He was Ulster Youth Champion in cross country in the 40’s. He also held the county record for the high jump,” he said.
“John was also involved in setting up the primary school athletics event which has become o popular over the years.”
John and his wife Eileen raised a large family, many of whom continued in their father’s sporting footsteps.
His sons Eugene, Declan, Joe and Marty played with the ‘Red Hughes’ GAA team.
His son Seán is also involved in athletics and has represented Ireland on many occasions.
Seán broke his father’s county record for high jump.He also holds the Irish record for the decathlon.
His son Joseph played hurling for the county while Marty played GAA for the county.
He also had two daughters, Bernadette who lives in Letterkenny and Deirdre who lives in Killygordon. Over the years, John worked for Donegal County Council as a rate collector.
He also had many hobbies, he had a great interest in ploughing and his other great love was greyhounds.
He was also a key figure in the St. Vincent de Paul organisation. Many are expected to attend the funeral Mass in Ballybofey today. Burial will take place in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only and donations in lieu, if desired, to St. Vincent de Paul, c/o a family member. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhíl.