The death has taken place of one of Donegal’s best-known building contractors.
Michael ‘Mick’ Kelly of Maldon House, Glebe, Donegal town, passed away peacefully at his residence early yesterday morning. He was 86 years of age.
Described as a ‘pillar of the community’, Mr Kelly was also known all over Ireland as the man behind Glebe Builders, a business that he founded more than 50 years ago.
Starting out as a plasterer, he soon diversified into building in a big way during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Mr Kelly took on many contracts for the IDA as well as other public and private projects, including schools, factories and churches.
During that time, his projects were mainly in the Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim areas. However the company, now run by his son Michael Jnr, has been involved in projects all over Ireland in recent years.
Some of Mr Kelly’s flagship developments in his hometown alone include the award-winning Donegal town Credit Union building, the SuperValu complex, Dom’s Pier 1 and The Craft Village.
An active member of Fianna Fail up until his death, he was a representative for the Donegal Southwest branch of the party on their National Executive for almost 30 years.
Predeceased by his wife Eilis, he is survived by his loving family – daughters: Siobhan, Elizabeth, Deborah and Marina and son Michael. He is also survived by his brother Edward, sisters Mary, Anna, Margaret and Helen, daughter in law: Jeanette, sons in law: John, Declan, Joe and Ed, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Removal from his residence tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 1.30pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Donegal town, for 2pm funeral service, with burial afterwards in St. Agatha’s Cemetery, Clar.
Due to Covid 19 and Government guidelines, the family request that all guidelines are strictly adhered to and thank everyone for their support at this difficult time.
Michael’s funeral service can be viewed live on https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/donegal-town-tawnawilly-parish-donegal-town