Passing of former County Surgeon

The former County Surgeon for Donegal, Joseph Hanley, was laid to rest in his adopted Letterkenny on Sunday.

The former County Surgeon for Donegal, Joseph Hanley, was laid to rest in his adopted Letterkenny on Sunday.

A native of Castletownbere in County Cork, he was a highly distinguished physician and for many years was based at Letterkenny General Hospital. Aged 86 years, he passed away at St. Eunan’s Nursing Home last Wednesday, having previously, as the result of a long term illness, spent periods of time in Milford Nursing Home and the General Hospital.

The family originally resided in the College Road area before moving to Cornagill. Outside an outstanding career in the medical service, he was a keen golfer, holding prestigious positions at Letterkenny Golf Club. He was also a renowned artist.

After being waked at his son, Donal’s residence at Cornagill, the late Mr. Hanley’s remains were removed to St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Saturday.

Chief celebrant at his funeral mass on Sunday afternoon, Fr. Eamonn Kelly highlighted his achievements in the medical profession, referring to a number of initiatives for which he had been noted. Also assisting at the concelebrated mass were Canon William McMenamin, Fr. Martin Collum and Fr. Michael Carney.

Nieces of the deceased read the lessons while the Prayers of the Faithful were rendered by his grandchildren who also conveyed the Offertory Gifts. Organist Jim Mailey led the musical accompaniment which also involved the St. Eunan’s Cathedral Choir, of which Mrs. Dorothy Hickey is a member.

Golfers from Barnhill formed a guard of honour outside the Cathedral before the cortege made its way to Conwal cemetery.

The late Mr. Hanley is survvied by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Michael, Cumbria; John, Dublin; and Donal, Letterkenny; daughters, Nicola, Wicklow; Karena, Ramelton; and Elaine, Lucan; brother, Donal, Leeds; sister-in-law, Nora; daughters-in-law, Hazel, Antoinette, sons-in-law, David Rafferty, Tommy Nunan, and Mark Redmond; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.