The death has taken place of Paul Chatenoud, adopted son of Ardara.
He passed away peacefully at his home on Wedneday evening.
Born and raised in Morocco, he attended the Sorbonne in Paris and opened one of the city’s first and most beloved music book shops, in the shadow of Notre Dame.
He had a dream about Donegal even though he’d never heard of it and moved here just under 30 years ago.
When he visited the county one summer, he fell in love with the place and soon learned from his new friends in Nancy’s of Ardara that a cottage with outstanding views was for sale.
He bought The Green Gate B&B and made it into a huge success, bursting with character reflecting his own inimitable spirit and attracting visitors from all over the world.
Stephen McCahill said he did so much to build up Ardara as a tourist destination. “There have been write ups about Paul and his B&B in so many of the major newspapers in the world and in nearly all of the top travel publications. He really brought Ardara and its beauty to the attention of so many who probably would never had heard of it, or visited, without him.”
Martin McFadden paid tribute to his friend: “He was a man of great intellect whose possessed a huge amount of Gallic charm and wit. I am grateful to have met Paul and to have had so many great chats with him.
The wake is strictly private.
Funeral Mass takes place at 11am on Sunday in the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara, with burial afterwards in Kilternan cemetery.