Daniel O’Donnell has paid a beautiful tribute to his later sister as the community prepares to say a final farewell to Kathleen Doogan (O’Donnell).
Kathleen, 67, the third-eldest in her family, passed away suddenly at her home in Kincasslagh on Friday morning.
“If Kathleen was in your corner you didn’t need an army,” Daniel told the Sunday World.
He added “Kathleen was always very supportive, I don’t think she missed anything I ever did around home and further afield.
“She had endless energy and would go to the ends of the earth for me. Recently, when I said I was going to Cresslough to sing at the Mass, she was there ready for the road to take me. If I had to go to Dublin afterwards, she would go to Dublin with me, if I needed the drive.
“Of course, if you needed to be told off about something there was no better woman, too!”
Daniel reveals that Kathleen’s greatest joy in recent years was her role as a grandmother.
“Just like my mother was with her grandchildren, Kathleen’s grandchildren were everything to her,” he says.
Kathleen’s funeral Mass will take place at 11am today in St Mary’s Church, Kincasslagh.
She is survived by her husband, John, daughters Trish and Fiona, sons John Francis and Daniel, sisters Margaret (Margo), brothers John, James and Daniel, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and extended family.