Sunday 22 October 2017

Donations in wake of OAP's death will fund scholarship

Hundreds of people from around the world donated to the fund set up after Mr Gillespie's death just over a week ago on September 22.
Hundreds of people from around the world donated to the fund set up after Mr Gillespie's death just over a week ago on September 22.
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

FUNDS raised after the death of Sligo pensioner Eugene Gillespie will be used to fund a scholarship and prize in his honour.

Hundreds of people from around the world donated to the fund set up after Mr Gillespie's death just over a week ago on September 22.

His childhood friend Declan Foley, who now lives in Australia, set up the fund after hearing of the sudden death. Mr Foley was overwhelmed by the response, and more than €1,000 was raised in 10 days.

Supporters want to use the money to fund a Gaeltacht scholarship in Mr Gillespie's memory, in honour of his great love of Irish.

"Eugene did much in his own way to keep the Irish language alive in Sligo, and Feis Cheoil is an 80-year traditional event held at Easter in Sligo.

"Some people in Sligo have suggested it as a way to keep his memory alive in Sligo for future generations," said Mr Foley.

A father of one who is charged with Mr Gillespie's murder will appear before Harristown District Court on Friday.

Simon McGinley (29), from Connaughton Road in Sligo, had gone voluntarily to gardai last week and was charged.

He was remanded in custody after a special sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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