Thursday 18 December 2014

Tearful Daniel O'Donnell places hands on mother's coffin as he says final farewell

Greg Harkin

Published 20/05/2014 | 15:24

Daniel O'Donnell wipes the rain from the coffin of his late mum Julie as they enter the little chruch at Kincasslagh.  (North West Newspix)
Daniel O'Donnell wipes the rain from the coffin of his late mum Julie as they enter the little chruch at Kincasslagh. Photo: Joe Boland

TEARFUL Daniel O’Donnell placed his hands on his mother’s coffin as he bade a sad farewell at her funeral today.

Hundreds of mourners packed into St Mary’s Church in the west Donegal village of Kincasslagh for funeral Mass for 94-year-old Julia O’Donnell

Mrs O’Donnell passed away on Sunday with Daniel and his brothers James and Bosco and sisters Margo and Kathleen by her side. She had been ill in recent months.

As the coffin was taken into the church Daniel placed his hands on the coffin, breaking down crying after the Mass as his mother’s remains were leaving the chapel.

Eleven priests concelebrated the Mass, led by Father Brian Logue, a local priest who returned from Scotland to conduct the service at the request of Julia.

He had celebrated funeral Mass for her husband when he died 50 years ago.

“Julia was a wonderful mother,” said Fr Logue.

“The children were also blessed, as I would know, with a wonderful father Francie. I have no doubt now that he and Julia are together again in the Kingdom of God.”

Parish Priest Father Pat Ward told mourners it was “a very day” for the entire O’Donnell family circle.

“My own grandmother after every funeral used to measure the person by the number of priests who were there. If there were a good few, she would be pleased. I hope today then that Julia would be pleased because all the priests here are friends,” he told mourners.

Among those celebrating Mass was Father Brian D’Arcy with Mary Duff singing the hymns.

Mrs O’Donnell was laid to rest this afternoon alongside her husband in Belcruit cemetery.

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