The community of Killybegs is coming together to bid farewell to much-loved John Gallagher.

Mr Gallagher of Croaghlin, Killybegs lost his life when the van he was driving crashed into a vacant property known as the Lough House near Barnesmore Gap. The collision took place in the townland of Cashelnavan on the N15 approximately 8km south of Ballybofey at 11.15pm on Monday.

Cllr Niamh Kennedy described Mr Gallagher who was in his late twenties as a hard-working young man.

“He had his own gardening business and you would often see him on the road in his truck,” she said. “He was a lovely, lovely lad. The whole town is in shock at the moment.

“I would like to offer my deepest condolences to John’s family.”


Mr Gallagher’s remains reposed at the home of his brother Martin yesterday. Removal will take place today (Thursday) at 10.30 am to St Mary’s Church, Killybegs for 11.00 am Mass. Burial will then take place in the local cemetery.

Donations in lieu of flowers if so desired to the Irish Kidney Foundation.

A garda investigation into Mr Gallagher’s death is ongoing. The road was closed to facilitate a Garda Technical Examination.

Gardaí ask anyone who witnessed the incident or indeed anyone who was travelling in the area between 10.30 pm and 11.00 pm on Monday to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 9167100.

Mr Gallagher’s death is the second road fatality in Donegal in just four days. On Friday evening, retired journalist Jane Crane died when the car in which she was travelling collided with a ditch near Gaoth Dobhair station.

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