There is huge sadness across Donegal at the passing of popular Twin Towns man Ronan Roddy.
Ronan, from Trenamullin, Stranorlar, passed away at the Donegal Hospice following an illness.
He lived life to the full in every sense of the word.
He was a sports fan, a hard worker, a community volunteer and a young man with a great attitude to life.
Ronan, who was aged 44, will be remembered fondly by so many in many aspects of everyday life in Donegal.
Outside of his family, he will be remembered by the many people he touched in his everyday life.
He will be remembered by his Letterkenny friends as the man who put a smile on their faces in Macs Deli where he worked.
Always polite and friendly, it was a pleasure to meet him as he enjoyed the fun and friendship of colleagues Eunan McIntyre and his staff.
Ronan (pictured above by Joe Boland) also had a strong faith and collected the offertory boxes at St Mary’s Church in Stranorlar each weekend.
He was also a keen sports fan and was devoted to Finn Harps.
He was a regular fixture at Harps home games at Finn Park where he proudly carried out in role as club stewart in rain, hail, sunshine and snow.
Finn Harps chairman Ian Harkin paid a special personal tribute to Ronan following his passing.
He said “News of Ronan’s passing came as a huge shock to us all this morning. Ronan is part of the fabric of our club, one of us. For over 20 years Ronan has volunteered at our club as match night stewart, standing at the end of the tunnel at the exit of the clubhouse. Ronan was known and loved up and down the country by the football family.
“As the team bus pulled out of Finn Park for every away game Ronan would phone in and check if they had left, as they passed his house he would be standing out on the road religiously waving his flag as the cheering on the team as the bus passed by.
“It’s difficult to put into words our appreciation for everything Ronan has done for us, our thoughts are with the Roddy family at this time.”
Ronan was the beloved son of Phil and Pauline and much loved brother of Timothy, Louise, and the late Adeen. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his father, mother, brother, sister, sister in law Sally-Ann, nieces Nadine, Freya, and Isla, extended family and friends.
His remains will repose at Mc Cool’s Chapel of Rest, Ballybofey on Thursday Jan 19th from 6pm until rosary at 9pm,when his remains will be removed to the family home Funeral leaving from his home on Saturday Jan 21st at 10.30am for Requiem Mass in the Church of Mary Immaculate Stranorlar at 11am. Interment afterwards in Drumboe Cemetery.
The Requiem Mass will be streamed live via the Parish Webcam at https://www.churchservices.tv/stranorlar
Donations in lieu of flowers, if so desired, directly to the Donegal Hospice ,at https://www.idonate.ie/2625_donegal-hospice.html or care of any family member.
The House is Private to Family and close friends please.
Rest in peace, Ronan.