Moville woman Geraldine Mullan will pay tribute to her late husband John by reopening his business a week after his life was taken in a horrific accident.
Mrs Mullan lost her beloved husband John, aged 49, and their cherished children Tomás, 14 and daughter Amelia, 6 in a tragic accident at Quigley’s Point on Thursday 20th August.
A typical family outing ended in horror that night when the family’s car plunged into Lough Foyle. Geraldine was the sole survivor.
The funerals for John, Tomás and Amelia took place on Monday at St Pius X Church in Moville.
A week on, Mrs Mullan, who is an oncology nurse, has told the local community that she will be opening John’s Garden Centre business for a number of days.
Posting on the Moville Garden Centre Facebook page, Mrs Mullan thanked everyone in her community for their support.
She wrote: “I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks & gratitude to each & everyone from my hometown of Moville & all the surrounding areas near & far. The love compassion and support shown has been very much appreciated during this very difficult time.”
The garden centre has long been a much-valued business in Moville, and Mrs Mullan said she wants to honour her husband’s hard work by reopening the doors of the business this weekend and next week.
“John’s first love was family & he displayed this to myself, Tomás, & Amelia on a daily basis. John’s second love was the garden centre and he took great pride & joy in his business and to all his customers.
“In John’s honour, and in wanting to keep the spirit of his hard work alive and in line with Covid 19 regulations I will be opening the Garden Centre on the following dates:
Saturday 29th Aug 10am-4pm
Tuesday 01st Sept 1pm-5pm
Wednesday 02nd Sept 1pm-5pm
Thursday 03rd Sept 1pm-5pm
Mrs Mullan said she is planning a stock clearance sale on two consecutive weekends:
Saturday 05th Sept 10am-4pm
Sunday 06th Sept 12pm – 5pm
Saturday 12th Sept 10am – 4pm
Sunday 13th Sept 12pm-5pm
“All support would be very much appreciated at this time,” she said.
The notice has inspired many customers of the centre to post kind tributes to John. Sharing memories, customers have highlighted John’s knowledge, patience, kindness and helpful nature in all aspects of the business.
“John lives on in everyone’s gardens,” one person said.