It is with deep regret we record the death this morning of a much loved friend and former colleague, the irrepressible Anthony O’Malley Daly, Ballyshannon.
Born in Ballyshannon in 1935, Anthony packed so much into a remarkable life.
In later life Anthony suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, but famously stated: “I have Parkinson’s, but Parkinson’s does not have me”.
Involved in politics, a former chairman of Ballyshannon Town Commissioners, he was always involved in community activity.
Elected Ballyshannon Person of the Year in 2007, he was also a Rehab Donegal Person of the Year winner in 2010.
A keen angler, he wrote angling columns for the Donegal Democrat and the Sun Newspaper and his most recent publication was a 353 page opus entitled “Trilogy”.
From his friends and colleagues, past and present, at the Donegal Democrat deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Mary, sons and daughters, Darragh, Orla, Sarah and Patrick and a huge extended family who will miss him dearly.
We have many images of Anthony over the years, but the one appearing here on our website and facebook is one we think he would like us to use. It was a moment caught in time in 2007 when Anthony was announced as Ballyshannon person of the Year.
Finally, we think Anthony would approve if we finished with the following:
A Fisherman’s Prayer
God grant that I may live to fish
Until my dying day
And when it comes
To my last cast,
I then most humbly pray,
When in the Lord’s safe landing net,
I’m peacefully asleep,
That in His mercy I be judged,
As big enough to keep.
Rest in peace Anthony... from the other Ballyshannon Daly in the Democrat.