The funeral takes place this morning of Donegal Times editor Liam Hyland who died suddenly at the weekend.
A huge crowd is expected to attend 11.00 am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town and burial afterwards at St Agatha’s Church, Clar.
The 73-year-old who was actively working on the next edition was found dead in his home on Saturday.
Since his death, tributes have been pouring for Mr Hyland, with many people referring to him as a man who cared deeply for his hometown of Donegal.
Journalist Paddy Clancy who was one of his oldest friends told the Donegal Post that he met Mr Hyland 53 years ago.
“I had just moved to Donegal Town and I was in digs at the Scotsman’s,” he said. “Liam quickly became one of my closest friends. Even if we didn’t see each other for a long time, when we met up it was as if we’d seen each other only a few days ago. I have lost a very dear friend.”
Mr Hyland was born in Donegal Town and went to Hugh Roe NS. His secondary school education was in Newbridge, and from there he went to UCD to study Commerce.
The Hyland family owned the Central Hotel on the Diamond in Donegal Town. After gaining experience in Wexford, Mr Hyland returned to the Central when his father died aged only 57. The tight-knit family pulled together and with Liam at the helm, the Central stayed in the family until it was sold to Jim White many years later.
The Central Hotel was a popular entertainment hub and was also popular for meetings, both formal and informal. Mr Hyland had a very hands-on approach. It was especially so with the Just William’s carvery restaurant where he always had time to chat to his many customers. This all combined to give Mr Hyland a unique vantage point for all the goings on in Donegal Town.
His great local knowledge carried through to the part of Mr Hyland’s life for which he will be best remembered. The Donegal Times was established as a community project run from the Central Hotel. It was very well received and soon became the ‘must read’ paper in every home in Donegal Town.
Following the sale of the Central Hotel, Mr Hyland dedicated more and more time to the paper, never afraid to speak his mind about Donegal Town.
Mr Hyland was a keen cyclist and participated regularly in the sport, either on his own or with the local cycling club. In his earlier years, he enjoyed running and he completed a number of marathons.
Throughout his life he was a keen supporter of Donegal GAA and also of Finn Harps.
He will be sadly missed by many.
Mr Hyland is pre-deceased by his parents John and Brede. He is survived by his sisters Ann, Bridgeen, Joan, Leonie, Mary and Bernie and large extended family.
Hundreds of people attended Mr Hyland’s wake at his late residence on the Old Golf Course Road, Donegal Town. Many more are expected to attend his funeral today (Wednesday).
The staff at the Donegal Post – or indeed, The Boast – extend deepest sympathy to Mr Hyland’s family, colleagues and friends.
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