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Thursday 17 April 2014

'People are shocked, it's an awful sight to see'

THE FUNERAl of the three family members who died in Saturday horrifc house fire will take place today in Mullies, near Manorhamilton.

It was from Mullies where Mr. Desmond McDonald had left for the US in the early 1960s.

He worked as a bus driver in New York but always had a yearning for home and returned to County Leitrim about 15 years ago.

He had bought and renovated the house in Lisnabrack, where he and his wife (nee Regan), a native of County Roscommon, had hoped to live out their retirement in peace and quiet.

Another daughter, Joanne remained in the U.S. while a third sibling, Jennifer is a nurse in Castlebar.

She visited the scene at the weekend, leaving a bunch of flowers outside the destroyed house that had been her parents' pride and joy.

Much of the damage to the house was to the rear, rising upstairs toward the roof, which was destroyed.

The alarm was raised after 2 o'clock on Saturday morning when a passing taxi noticed the house on fire.

Fire crews from Manorhamilton and Sligo rushed to the blaze.

Among the first to witness the horror of what happened was the parish priest of Manorhamilton, Fr. Oliver Kelly.

He told The Sligo Champion: "It's hard to take in it. "People are very shocked. "It's an awful sight to see that house. "It brings it home to you." And amid emotional scenes yesterday, Monday, evening, the remains of Desmond, Celia and Patricia arrived at the Church of the Annunciation, Mullies.

Funeral Mass will take place today, Tuesday at 11 am., followed by Desmond's burial in the adjoining cemetery.

The remains of Celia and Patricia will be taken to Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin, for cremation.

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