Acknowledgements

Ronnie McAllister (Kilrea)

July 17, 2022

McAllister-Kilrea

Helen and the family circle of the late Ronnie McAllister R.I.P. wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them in their recent bereavement.

A special thanks to Fr. Crowley P.P. for his spiritual support, guidance and celebrating a very special Requiem Mass.

Thanks also to the Gribbin Girls for the beautiful music during the service and to the sacristan and those who prepared the grave.

The family wish to especially thank the kind relatives, friends, neighbours and members of the wider community who helped them during this difficult time. Thanks to those who phoned, messaged, sent cards, visited, sent donations and to those who gathered along the route to the Church and attended the funeral, we are truly grateful.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the outstanding team from Ann’s Home Care for their dedication, kindness and care for Ronnie and to his private carers Bernie, Mairead, Colette, Assumpta , Karen and Denise for their exceptional care and support for Ronnie and the family over the past year.

Sincere thanks also to the doctors and staff of Kilrea HC, Shields Pharmacy Kilrea and to the Marie Curie nurses who helped Ronnie in his final days.

The family would also like to thank Doc’s Diner who provided the catering and to Pearses Kilrea GAA Club for hosting the refreshments after Ronnie’s funeral.

Finally, sincere thanks to Eily, Gregory and Michael Og McKiernan for the compassionate, professional and sensitive manner in which they carried out all the arrangements for Ronnie’s funeral.

Although impossible to individually thank all those whose kindness and thoughtfulness has brought such comfort at this sad time, Helen and the family trust this will be accepted by all with their heartfelt thanks.

The Holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.

The Month's Mind Mass for Ronnie will be celebrated on Saturday 13th August at 6pm in St. Mary’s Church, Drumagarner.

David Totten (Magherafelt)

July 05, 2022

The family circle of the late David R.I.P. wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them in their recent bereavement. 

Thanks to David’s adult learning and support team and Garden Street Surgery for all their help and support over the years.

A special thanks to Fr. Keaney for his spiritual support, guidance and celebrating the beautiful Requiem Mass and Fr. Gates for his pastoral visits.

Thanks to Clodagh and Maria for the beautiful music, the church sacristans and those who prepared the grave.

The family wish to especially thank the kind relatives, friends, neighbours and members of the wider community who helped them during this difficult time. Thanks to those who messaged, sent cards, and those who attended the funeral, we are truly grateful.

As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, we trust that this acknowledgment will be accepted by all as a token of our deep appreciation.

Mary Breslin (Bellaghy)

May 03, 2022

Breslin - Bellaghy

The family of the late Mary Breslin RIP wish to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement.

A special thanks to Msgr Dolan for his spiritual support to Mary at all times and especially in recent months. Mary’s family wish to convey  their appreciation for his tribute to her in his homily and for the manner he organised and celebrated the beautiful requiem Mass.

Thanks to Denise O’Kane and her accompanist for the wonderful music, the sacristan, the grave diggers and all those who assisted with the funeral arrangements.

Mary’s family wish to especially thank the  extended relatives, friends, neighbours and members of the wider community who supported them during this difficult time.  To those who messaged, telephoned, called at the house, sent cards, gave donations, gathered along the route and attended the funeral, we thank you.

Sincere appreciation to the fantastic team of carers, the staff of Bellaghy Medical Centre and Bellaghy Pharmacy for their care, kindness and dedication over the last number of years. A special note of thanks to Professor Cecilia  O’Kane (Belfast City Hospital), her respiratory team and those in Antrim Area Hospital who treated Mary throughout her illness.

The family would also like to express their gratitude to McKiernan and Sons, Funeral Directors especially Michael Og for the professional, compassionate and dedicated manner in which they carried out  and guided them through all aspects of the funeral arrangements. We are truly grateful for your personal attention.

The Holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.

The month’s mind Mass for Mary will be celebrated on Wednesday 8th June at 7pm in St Mary’s Church, Bellaghy. (Mass can be viewed on the parish webcam https://bellaghyparish.com/webcam).

Fr. John (Sean) Cargan P.P.

April 14, 2022

CARGAN Fr. John Gerard (Sean)

The family of the late Fr. John Cargan would like to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them on their recent sad bereavement. It was a source of great comfort to the family to witness the huge love and regard held for Sean by the various congregations that he served during his ministry, evidenced by the thousands who attended his wake and funeral, called at the family home, or sent cards, letters and flowers.We knew Sean was popular but we were unprepared for, and uplifted by, the huge outpouring of grief from so many people of all ages and from other faiths who shared with us their stories of how he had touched their lives, including many who travelled from his previous parishes, Omagh, Faughanvale, Steelstown and Maghera.

A special word of thanks to Dr. Grainne McGurk and Ursula McMullan for their medical care over the years and to the nursing staff at Ward C4 Antrim Area Hospital who cared for Sean during his short illness. He was very appreciative of the great care and attention he received from all of them, despite the huge and constant pressures they all face on a daily basis.

To his close friends, Sean’s fellow priests from the Derry Diocese, Fr. Eamon McDevitt, Fr. John R. Walsh, Fr. Frank Bradley and Fr. Michael McCaughey - your faithful attendances at the hospital during his illness, even during the very busy Easter ceremony preparations, were greatly appreciated.

To Bishop Donal McKeown, who celebrated the funeral Mass, Fr. Frank Bradley for his moving homily, Brenda Bannon for the reading and the huge number of clergy from the Derry Diocese who participated in the funeral mass– thank you for giving Sean a fitting send-off. He would have been humbled and embarrassed by the very public affirmation of the respect in which he was held by his peers.

Thanks to the sacristans of Sean’s three parish churches, St. Annes, Drumagarner and Craigavole for your support to him over the years, to Sean’s housekeeper Briege Scullion and secretary Kim Convery, to Paul Quigg, Leo Quigg, Danny McMullan, Laura Kearney, James and Kathleen McAllister, all of whom provided Sean with lots of practical assistance over the years.

To the staff and pupils of the local schools where Sean was chaplain – thank you for the guard of honour you provided at the church. We know how much he enjoyed his work with you over the years. Thanks also to the choir for the beautiful music and singing at the funeral mass, to the piper Alisha O’Kane, to those who prepared the grave and churches, the Altar Society for their flowers, Pearse’s GAA Club, Kilrea for the use of their premises for the refreshments after the service, Nuala and Padraig Doherty for the catering and also the many ladies of the parish who provided refreshments during the wake.

Michael Og and Gregory from McKiernan & Sons, Funeral Directors carried out the funeral arrangements in a most dignified and hugely professional manner and we cannot thank them enough for their invaluable assistance and attention over the period of the wake and funeral.

And Finally (as he would often end his sermons), on behalf of his family, his close friends and his two wee dogs, Bruce and Snowy —

Thank you most of all to the parishioners of Kilrea and Desertoghill Parish for welcoming Sean into your hearts and homes and for the kindness and generosity shown to him during his time as your priest. He so loved his time in Kilrea and it is fitting that his last resting place is beside the walls of St.Mary’s, Drumagarner, where he was installed as your Parish Priest in 2014.

We will all miss him terribly. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace.

The Month’s Mind Mass for Sean will be held at St. Anne’s Oratory, Kilrea at

7.00 pm on Friday 20th May 2022. (Mass can be viewed on the Parish webcam https://www.churchservices.tv/kilrea)

Mary Donaghey-Portrush

March 03, 2022

Donaghey - Portrush & formerly Lavey

Brendan, Lisa, Chris, Brenda and the entire family circle wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them in their recent bereavement of Mary R.I.P.

Thanks to Dr. Julie Anne McKergan and all the staff at Portrush Medical Centre, the Doctors, nurses and support staff of both Belfast City Hospital and Causeway Hospital and the community carers, Marie Curie and carers for all their help, kindness and support to the family during Mary’s illness.

A special thanks to Fr. McCullagh for his spiritual support, guidance and celebrating the beautiful Requiem Mass and Fr. Graham P.P. (Lavey) for concelebrating the Mass and his pastoral care.

Thanks to the Terry Cloughley and Natalia Morelli for the beautiful music, the sacristan, church stewards and those who prepared the grave.

The family wish to especially thank the kind relatives, friends, neighbours and members of the wider community who helped them during this difficult time. Thanks to those who messaged, sent cards, sent donations and those who gathered along the route to the Church on the day of the funeral, we are truly grateful. Sincere thanks to the staff and sixth form students of Dominican College, Portstewart for their respectful guard of honour.

Final thanks to Eily McKiernan and the McKiernan Family for all the help and support they gave to us during this difficult time and the professional way they looked after the funeral arrangements.

The Holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.

The month mind Mass for Mary will be celebrated on   Saturday 2nd April at 6pm in St. Patrick’s Church, Portrush.

John McGuckian-Loughgiel

January 20, 2022

McGuckian - Loughgiel

Peggy and the family circle of the late John R.I.P. wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them in their recent bereavement. 

Thanks to all the Doctors, nurses, carers and all the health care practitioners for all the care given to John.

A special thanks to Fr. Mulholland P.P. for his guidance and celebrating the beautiful Requiem Mass and Monsignor Connolly for his spiritual support.

Thanks to Marie and Oonagh for the beautiful music, to Sonia the sacristan the Pound Bar for use of their car park and Wishy Drain who prepared the grave.

The family wish to especially thank the kind relatives, friends, neighbours and members of the wider community who helped them during this difficult time. Thanks to those who messaged, sent cards, sent donations and those who gathered along the route to the Church on the day of the funeral, we are truly grateful.

Thanks to the McKiernan Family for all their help during the wake and funeral. Their kindness and expertise made a difficult time so much easier.

The Holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.

Seamus Gillan-Dunloy

December 08, 2021

Gillan - Dunloy

Kay, Eoin, Caolan, Shea and the family circle of the late Seamus R.I.P. wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them in their recent bereavement.

Thanks to Fr. Blayney, Fr McNally and Fr Brennan for celebrating the beautiful requiem mass. A special thanks to Fr Blayney for his friendship and spiritual support during Seamus’s journey and for visiting and praying with Seamus in ICU.

Thanks to Niamh McGlinchey for the beautiful music, the sacristan and those who prepared the grave.

Thanks to all the staff who cared for Seamus during his illness. A special thanks to those in RVH ICU for the exceptional care Seamus received in his final days.

The family wish to especially thank the kind relatives, friends, neighbours and members of the wider community who helped them during this difficult time. Thanks to those who called, sent messages, letters, cards, made donations and those who gathered along the route to the Church on the day of the funeral, we are truly grateful.

The Gillan family would also like to express their gratitude to McKiernan and Sons especially Michael-óg and Gregory for the helpful, dignified and professional manner in which they carried out the funeral arrangements.

The Holy sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.

The month mind Mass for Seamus will be celebrated on Sunday 9th January at 10:30am in St. Joseph’s Church, Dunloy.

Freda McMullan-Rasharkin

October 12, 2021

Denis, the sons, daughters and the entire family circle of the late Freda (RIP) wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them during their recent bereavement.

A special thanks to Fr Fulton for his spiritual support and celebrating the beautiful Requiem Mass and to Fr McWilliams (P.P) for his pastoral visits and prayers.

Thanks to Niamh Mc Glinchey for the beautiful music, the sacristan and those who prepared the grave.

The family wish to thank relatives, neighbours, friends, and members of the community for the support and kindness provided to them during such a difficult time.  Thanks to all those who called, sent messages, letters, cards , made donations and gathered along the route to the Church on the day of the funeral we are truly grateful.

We would like to express our thanks to all the staff in the Renal Unit Antrim, NIAS, the Care Team and Kilrea Health Centre for the tremendous care provided to Freda in the last few years.

A special thanks to McKiernan Funeral Directors for the professional, compassionate and dignified manner in which they carried out the funeral arrangements and for the invaluable guidance provided to us all throughout such a difficult time.

We trust this acknowledgement will be accepted as a token of our sincere appreciation to all. 

Thompson-Garvagh

October 18, 2021

The wife and entire family circle of the late Desmond (Dessie) wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them in their recent bereavement. 

Special thanks to Rev Colin Martin for visiting Dessie in hospital and for his words of comfort and spiritual support during the bereavement, for conducting the funeral service and for his continued prayers.

Thanks to the organist, the caretaker and those who prepared the grave.

Thanks to the Staff of Causeway Hospital for all the care they provided to Dessie in his final days.

The family wish to especially thank the kind relatives, friends, neighbours and members of the wider community who helped them during this difficult time. Thanks to those who messaged, sent cards, sent donations and to those who lined the funeral route to pay their respects or attended the funeral service at Ringsend Presbyterian Church.

Final thanks to McKiernan Funeral Directors for the professional and dignified manner in which they carried out the funeral arrangements.

As it is impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our sincere appreciation.

Ciaran Dougan-Dunloy

October 17, 2021

Dougan - Dunloy

Rosie and the entire family circle of the late Ciaran R.I.P. wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them in their recent bereavement.

A special thanks to Fr. Blayney and to Fr. Mulholland and Fr. McNally for con-celebrating the beautiful Requiem Mass. Special thanks to Fr. Mulholland and Malachy Curtis for their spiritual support throughout Ciaran’s illness.

Thanks to Bronagh, Caitlin and Grainne for the beautiful music during the service, the Sacristan and Wishy Drain for his respectful and tidy preparation of the grave.

Thanks to all the Doctors, nurses and staff in The Frocess Medical Centre and Laurel House for the care and kindness they provided to Ciaran.

The family wish to especially thank the kind relatives, friends, neighbours and members of the wider community who helped them during this difficult time.  Thanks to those who telephoned, messaged, sent cards and sent donations, as well as those who gathered along the route from the family home to St. Joseph’s Church, Dunloy.

A very special thanks to Michael-Óg and the McKiernan Family for their professionalism, compassion and the dignified way they carried out the funeral arrangements and for their invaluable guidance and support given to us all throughout this very difficult time.

As it would be impossible to thank individually all those whose kindness has brought such comfort to us, we trust that this acknowledgement will be accepted by all with our sincere thanks.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.

The month mind mass for Ciaran will be celebrated on Sunday 14th November at 10.30am in St. Joseph’s Church, Dunloy.