Creeslough tragedy: funeral for victim Hugh Kelly (59) takes place today

Today is the funeral of Creeslough victim Hugh Kelly.

r Kelly, 59, was the oldest person to die in the tragedy that struck the city of Donegal last Friday afternoon.

His funeral will take place this morning at 11am at St Michael’s Church in Creeslough, followed by a burial in Doe Cemetery.

Hugh Kelly has been described as a “cheerful man” and a “gentleman”.

The popular local worked in construction and agriculture.

“Deeply regretted and sorely missed by his partner Linda, their daughter Mary and grandchild Rosey, his sisters Agnes Gallagher and Tessie Friel and his brother Frank, as well as all his family and friends. Predeceased by his parents Josie and Sally and his sister Susan Gallagher,” reads the obituary.

Mr Kelly’s funeral is the eighth to be held this week after the devastating blast that killed 10 people.

The funerals of Martina Martin (49) and Leona Harper (14) took place yesterday.

At Ms Martin’s funeral, Creeslough vicar Father John Joe Duffy said she was a big part of the local community and “a natural, beautiful, lovely person”.

“Tina was one of those naturally kind people who, once you met her in life, became a friend,” Father Duffy said.

Meanwhile, Anthony, the older brother of sports-loving teenager Leona Harper, told mourners how his parents were told they would not be able to have any more children.

“But seven years later something unexpected happened. Leona has arrived, hence the small miracle,” he said.

“You, your mother and father, speak of your daughter as a jewel. It’s a line we often use about someone we love, but considering how unexpected and welcome Leona was, your daughter was a precious gem indeed.

“Think of gems. Gems shine, gems sparkle, gems attract. Leona shone brightly and beautifully all her short life. She was bursting with energy and fun and drew so many friends into her circle.”

Funeral details have been released for father and daughter Robert Garwe, 50, and Shauna Flanagan Garwe, 5, who also died in the tragedy.

A joint funeral service will be held for them at 11am tomorrow morning at St Michael’s Church in Creeslough, followed by a private cremation.

“Deeply missed by Áine, Taona, Gabriel, Darren, Tessa, Alex, Conrad and their extended families and many heartbroken friends,” the obituary reads.

It is understood that Mr Garwe and Shauna had gone to the petrol station at the time of the blast to buy a birthday cake for Shauna’s mother, Áine. Shauna was the youngest victim of the tragedy.

The elementary school student was described as an “adorable and energetic” little girl who loved to ask for a lollipop when visiting the local pharmacy with her parents.

Her uncle described her as “a great little character,” adding that “everyone loved her.” Creeslough tragedy: funeral for victim Hugh Kelly (59) takes place today

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