There was an outpouring or sorrow and sympathy and also a sense of numbness as the late Dessie Larkin was laid to rest this afternoon.

Aged just 48, the hugely popular public representative was extremely well known in his beloved native Letterkenny and far beyond.

He passed away, suddenly, at his home on Monday.

A former Cathaoirleach of Donegal Co. Council and three times Mayor of Letterkenny, he had a distinguished political career having served as a councillor from 1999 - 2014, firstly with Independent Fianna Fáil and then with Fianna Fáil.

A great family man, he was actively involved in many community initiatives.

He was a proud Letterkenny and Donegal man who worked tirelessly for the betterment of others and his highly personable nature was evident to all who dealt with him.

The huge attendance at his wake in recent days was repeated at his funeral held in St. Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny.

It was one of the biggest funerals ever seen in the town and reflected the high esteem in which he was held and also the level of support shown to his family.

The Cathaoirleach of Donegal Co. Council, Seamus O'Domhnaill, and the Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District Council, Ian McGarvey, walked in front of his coffin as it was taken from the front of the Cathedral.

Numerous current and former public representatives were also present, as well as people from all walks of life who knew him.

Hundreds of people lined the area from the Market Square towards Lower Main Street and stood in silence as a mark of respect as he made his final journey to Conwal Cemetery for burial.

Numerous tributes have been paid to him, and he will be sorely missed.

Dessie was predeceased by his father James, and is sadly missed by his loving wife Mary (née McCool), daughters Danielle and Courtney, sons James and Matthew, mother Eileen (née McGinley), sisters Carola Jordan (Lismonaghan) and Allison Thompson (Carolina Park), brother Ciaran (Lismonaghan), his father and mother-in-law Alfie and Bríd McCool (Carnamuggagh), extended family, relatives, in-laws, neighbours and friends, to whom deepest sympathy is extended.

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