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Christie McDonnagh RIP

The death has taken place of

Christie McDonnagh

Áras Bhríde.


Christie died on Saturday, 14th January.

He was 84 years of age.


Born in Ballindoon, Co Sligo,
Christie worked for a number of years as a farm labourer
around Ballindoon and later near Mohill.


He came to Drumkeeran about 30 years ago.
He was one of the first residents in the newly opened St Brigid’s Hostel.


Christie very quickly endeared himself to all who got to know him;
to the staff and to his fellow residents in St Brigid’s,
and to the members of the local Drumkeeran community.


He had a natural charm,
a natural friendliness and a quick wit
that meant that people soon came to enjoy his company.
They enjoyed his banter and his unique turn of phrase.

And he, in turn, thoroughly enjoyed their company.
He enjoyed chatting to them,
whether it be to meet them on the street
or, occasionally, in some of the local inns.


Christie was always a bright and cheery person to meet.
His sense of humour, his out-going cheerfulness
and his positive outlook on life
brightened the day for all those around him

He always showed a deep appreciation for everything that people did for him.

This was especially true for the staff of St Brigid’s,
and for his fellow-residents there.
In St Brigid’s Christie found the home that he had lacked for much of his life
and the residents and the staff there became his true family.
Christie was at all times ever-thankful for the kindness that everybody showed him.


His pleasures in life were simple.
In his early days here he loved to ramble the roads,
meeting people and looking at the animals in fields.
He had a great love of animals of any kind; dogs, sheep, cattle.
He also enjoyed listening to music,
especially the music of Don Williams and Jim Reeves.


And he loved to sing.  He loved to serenade the folks in St Brigid’s
with his rendering of the Don Williams song,
You are my Best Friend.

He was also a very religious man.
When he was able to be out and about,
he always attended Sunday Mass in Drumkeeran Church.


A constant phrase on Christie’s lips was “Thank God”.
He had that deep sense of appreciation and thankfulness
for all the blessings God had given him in his latter years.


Over recent years his mobility became more limited.
He was no longer able to go for his walks around the town.

Over the last few months his health began to decline.
He died peacefully in his apartment in Áras Bhríde

on Saturday morning, 14 January.


The large turn-out of local people at his reposing,
at the Removal and at his Funeral Mass
bears eloquent testimony to the high esteem
in which Christie McDonnagh was held
by the members of the local Drumkeeran community.


Christie’s Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, 16 January,
after which he was laid to rest in Drumkeeran Cemetery.