Deep sadness in Mountcharles as funeral takes place of Emmet Blain

Family and friends say a final farewell to much loved teacher

Matt Britton


Matt Britton


Funeral of Emmet Blain

Flanked by his former pupils of the Abbey Vocational School and his team mates from St. Naul's, the funeral takes place in Mountcharles of Emmet Blain. INDD 240318 Emmett B 1 MVB

The small village of Mouncharles was enshrouded in grief on Saturday morning with the silence broken only by the gentle birdsong as the remains of 26 year old Emmet Blain made their final journey to the Church of the Sacred Heart.

Emmet tragically lost his life in a freak accident  in Dubai when he fell as he tried to gain access into his apartment.

A teacher by profession Emmet had taught in both the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town and also in St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny before emigrating to Dubai.

Emmet taught in a girls school in Sharjah and was a highly loved and respected member of the community. Such was the esteem in which he was held, a large number of friends, colleagues and team-mates from Sharjah Gaels travelled to be with Emmet on his final journey.

Fr. Jonathan Flood worked with Emmet in St Eunan’s College and he said that even though he was a priest, Emmet treated him just like a normal bloke. ”We had wild craic together,” he said.

In paying tribute to Emmet, the principal at St. Eunan's College, Letterkenny, Chris Darby, recited the following poem:

“Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glint on snow.

I am the sun on ripened grain.

I am the gentle Autumn rain.

When you awake in the morning hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there. I did not die”

Emmet is survived by his loving parents Sean and Bridie, brother Gary, and sister Jennifer, his girlfriend Leah  and a large extended family and many friends both in Ireland and in the United Arab Emirates.

Requiem Mass was concelebrated bt Fr. Francis Ferry, Fr. Seamus Gallagher, Fr. Adrian Gavigan, Fr. Willian Peoples and Fr. Jonathan Flood,

Emmet was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery overlooking his beloved Donegal Bay.

For full report and tributes see our Tuesday edition.