Former chairperson of Donegal County Council, John Kelly, was described as a great man of the community at his funeral Mass in Falcarragh.
Hundreds of people gathered at St. Finian’s Church in Falcarragh yesterday as John was laid to rest.
Father Denis Quinn was the chief concelebrant at the Mass at which there were eleven priests present.
Students of Pobailscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola stood as guard of honour as the coffin was brought into Mass.
Fr. Denis Quinn said: “He was a great man, a great community man and a man who was known throughout the county.”
He describe Mr. Kelly as being generous of spirit and a great voluntary worker who could always be called and relied on.
He described the death of the local business man, who owned a furniture shop at the crossroads in Falcarragh, as “a huge loss.”
Members of the local fire brigade, Donegal Community Games and Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Chloich Cheann Fhaola provided a guard of honour as his coffin was carried out of the packed church.
The County Mayor, Ian McGarvey and the County Manager Seamus Neely were present amongst many councillors.
The President of the National Community Games, Gerry Davenport was also in attendance.
Mr. Kelly is survived by his wife Kathleen, his seven daughters and three sons.
Meanwhile, Donegal county councillors this week paid tribute to the late councillor at the Donegal County Council budget meeting.
Mr. Kelly “will be sadly missed by his family, his community and indeed wider aspects of Donegal,” Fianna Fail Cllr. Seamus Ó Domhnaill said.
Independent Cllr. Pádraig Doherty called Mr. Kelly, “a fine, outgoing gentleman, known far and wide outside of politics”.
“It’s very sad to see an old soldier like John passing away and the area will be poorer because of that,” Cllr. Doherty said. Councillors Noel McBride, Mickey Doherty, Martin Farren and Councillor Michael McBride extended their sympathies to the Kelly family.