Funeral of Jamie Toner - a desperate, dark day

A beautiful place. The saddest of days.

A beautiful place. The saddest of days.

In his homily at yesterday’s funeral Mass for little Jamie Toner from Churchill, Fr. Michael McKeever said it was a desparate, dark day in the parish.

But God has a new angel to watch over us.

Maybe Jamie had a part to play in ensuring that the rain held off on the large number of mourners gathered outside the packed St. Colmcille’s Church in Glendowan. Nestled on a hill overlooking the splendour of Gartan lake, the church played host to the funeral of a boy who was dearly loved by his family and many friends.

Jamie, aged 11, died in Letterkenny General Hospital on Saturday following a farm accident involving a tractor in Kerrykeel. His school pals at Stramore National School formed a guard of honour as his remains were brought inside the church before yesterday’s funeral Mass.

Fr. McKeever told how in their grief, the community had gathered to support Jamie’s parents, Jimmy and Roisin, and his sister Lynn and the extended family.

“The vast numbers of people who have visited the Toner home over the last number of days should give strength to Jamie’s family,” he said.

Full story in today’s Donegal Democrat.