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Community farewell: The final family photo of Willie Gallagher with daughters Bríd (left) and Sarah.

Community farewell: The final family photo of Willie Gallagher with daughters Bríd (left) and Sarah.

Community farewell: The final family photo of Willie Gallagher with daughters Bríd (left) and Sarah.

'On the darkest of nights, that's when you see the most stars." This is how Sarah Cassidy, whose father was buried last week, describes her community's response to her family's grief.

When Willie Gallagher (95) passed away after a short illness, his family was distraught. This man, a giant in their lives and a stalwart in his community of Gweedore in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht, was gone from them.

Not only had his wife Kathleen and his five children to deal with the loss of their husband and father but they also had to grapple with the restrictions around funerals as a result of Covid-19.