The funeral took place yesterday of Frank Gallagher of Rahan, Letterkenny. A former member of the local Town Council, he passed away at the age of 61 in the Donegal Hospice following an illness.
A native of Belfast, the late Mr. Gallagher (pictured right) had been co-opted onto the Council in January 2009, after Neil Clarke stood down and while he failed to retain his seat in the local elections of that year, he nevertheless continued on as Secretary of the Donegal Greens. He was a member of the breakaway movement which forced a split from the party in November 2009 in protest at the Greens performance in Government.
Previously he had stood in Donegal North-East in the elections of 2007 as a member of the Green Party but failed to secure a seat.
A popular member of the community he was never afraid to air his views on issues close to his heart with employment and the economy key features in his agenda.
Before settling in Letterkenny, Mr. Gallagher had spent fifteen years living and working in Germany.
He was waked at the home of his son, Seamus, at 37 Manorview, Long Lane.
The funeral mass took place in St. Eunan’s Cathedral yesterday morning where Fr. Damian McGroarty spoke of his passing at such a young age and reflected on the fact that the shadow of death had followed him from his baptism in St. Paul’s Church on Belfast’s Falls Road with both his parents dying at comparatively young ages.
Mr. Gallagher, who was laid to rest in New Leck cemetery, is survived by his son, Seamus, grandson, Enda, and other family members and relations to whom sincerest sympathy is extended.