Creeslough community lay Jessi...


Creeslough community lay Jessica Gallagher and Martin McGill to rest

Sarah McGuinness
Sarah McGuinness

06:17 11 Oct 2022

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Two of the ten victims of the Creeslough tragedy were laid to rest today.

Hundreds crossed the threshold of St Michael’s Church in the north Donegal town as friends and families of the victims said their goodbyes to 24-year-old Jessica Gallagher and 49-year-old Martin McGill.

In a service at 11 am, Fr John Joe Duffy described Jessica's energy and optimism.

Addressing the congregation, he said: "Everyone who knew Jessica knew that radiant smile that would light up a room, [the] infectious warmth that flowed from her".

Just three hours later, Martin was laid to rest.

A regular in Lafferty's Filling Station in the village, he was remembered for his welcoming nature.

"He was just so friendly," Fr Duffy said.

"You didn't get one 'hello Father' - you got about three 'hello Father's in the same sentence. And when you weren't quick enough to answer that, there were a few more 'hello Father, how are you's.

"And that was Martin. He just wanted to show you that he cared for you," he said.

More funerals will take place tomorrow.

48-year-old James O’Flaherty will be laid to rest in St Mary’s Church in Derrybeg while a joint service for Catherine O’Donnell and her son James Monaghan will be held at St Michael’s in Creeslough in the afternoon.

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