Hundreds of mourners packed St. Patrick's Church in Donegal Town today (Wednesday) for the funeral of the late Liam Hyland (73).
He died on Saturday following what was described as a 'tragic accident' at his home on the Old Golf Course Road, Tullycullion.
He was best associated with his family Hotel on the Diamond in Donegal Town and later as proprietor and Editor of the Donegal Times.
Deceased was a member of the highly respected Hyland and Britton families.
The steady stream of mourners who visited his home on Tuesday, reflected a respect for a man who was said to be very generous and charitable; outspoken at times, especially through his writings, but at heart, a shy and indeed deeply reflective person.
After the hotel was sold, he helped set up a twice monthly publication, the Donegal Times newspaper, which circulates in the Donegal Town area.
The funeral cortege from his residence at Tullycullion on the Old Golf Course Road stopped outside the Central Hotel, the Donegal Times office and Britton's jewellers, above which he was born.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr Seamus Dagens P.E. with assistance from Fr Francis McLoone, PP Killymard.
Fr Dagens spoke of Mr Hyland as a humble man, who had asked him for a blessing at a family luncheon at the Hyland Central Hotel, 31 years previously, when he himself was ordained.
The second child in a family of seven, he was 'blessed among women' as he was the only boy, Fr Dagens said.
After receiving his primary education locally, he went to the Dominican boarding College in Newbridge and after graduating from UCD, he served his time in hotel management in Talbot's of Wexford, under the tutelage of Paddy Fitzpatrick of the American Hotel chain.
He was about to pursue his hotel career in the United States, when his late father John died suddenly at a young age in 1969 and the young Liam returned to the Central Hotel.
It was a life changing moment.
For the next twenty years he immersed himself totally into the business and with his family transformed the 'Hyland Central' into an outstanding quality hotel.
Fr Dagens said he then took the courageous step of founding the Donegal Times where he dealt with community and social issues.
"Sadly on Saturday, Liam suffered a tragic accident at home and he passed into the hands of God."
He spoke of Liam's family of "being numb with shock".
After the Funeral Mass, deceased was buried at the family plot, at Clar cemetery.
Caption: The Funeral cortege making its way past the Central Hotel on the Diamond in Donegal Town, to St. Patrick Church, earlier today.
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