Monday 17 December 2018

'Majella captured the hearts of everyone she met'

Majella Donoghue
Majella Donoghue

A tragic bride-to-be who died after a dream engagement trip was "beautiful, vivacious and sensitive", her funeral has heard.

Majella Donoghue, who passed away suddenly after falling ill on a flight home from South Africa after getting engaged was laid to rest in her native Mayo.

Her fiance, Barry Doherty, her mother, Mary, twin brother Stephen, sister Angela, and brothers, Tommy, David and Brendan were the chief mourners at the service.

In a eulogy at the end of the Mass, Majella's fiance, Barry Doherty recalled her love for fancy dress and festivals especially the "Father Ted" weekends on the Aran Islands.

"I love her dearly, I will miss her so much", he said.

Gifts brought to the altar included a statue of Our Lady, a bodhran, teddy bears and the Mayo jersey which Majella wore to GAA matches.


Majella was laid to rest in Faulmore Cemetery, Blacksod, in the same plot as her father, Willie, who passed away some years ago.

The results of a post mortem into the young woman's death are not yet available.

Fr Hegarty, the parish priest of Kilmore Erris, was one of 11 priests who joined in con-celebrating the funeral Mass for the 30-year-old in the tiny church where she was baptised and made her First Holy Communion.

"Majella was beautiful, vivacious and sensitive," Fr Hegarty said.

"She captured the heart of everyone she met."

There were few dry eyes in the packed church as the parish priest recalled hearing 30 years ago of the joyful news of the birth of Majella and her twin brother, Stephen.

Majella was hard-working, often helping her mother, Mary, in the maintenance and care of the church.

Fr Hegarty said Majella's life was "shaped by love, loyalty and laughter" and spoke of her generosity to her widowed mother.

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