SIR, Further to the recent funeral of our son and brother, Donal, and the many letters of condolence we have since received, we would like to express heartfelt thanks from our family.
Over the last five years we have received incredible support as a family while Donal battled with his disease. Initially it was mainly local support but since he came to prominence through his writings and interviews we have had nothing but positive well wishers locally, from across the country and internationally. We are eternally grateful for everyone who offered their support, words of comfort and generosity to Donal and ourselves.
We would like to thank the whole country and, in particular, all the schools in Tralee, the sporting clubs of Tralee, the town of Tralee, the parishes of both St John's and St Brendan's and An Garda Siochana for the dignified way in which everyone paid their last farewell to our son and brother. As a gesture of thanks to each and everyone we are having a Mass said in the parish churches and in the Dominican Church in Tralee on or about June 12, one month to the day of his final departure.
No words are written to fill the void that Donal's departure has left, but the silence attributed to him by the people in Tralee on May 15 spoke volumes to the world of how you have taken his person to your hearts.
Our sincere thanks,
Fionnbar, Elma and Jema Walsh,