A cloud of sadness descended on Donegal Town as news broke of the death of 45-year-old Rory Dunlevy. 

In what is being treated as a tragic accident, Mr Dunlevy’s remains were recovered from the River Eske in Donegal Town in the early hours of Tuesday. A passer-by had alerted the emergency services after they saw a man in the river in the Castle Street area. That was at around 12.30am. 

Mr Dunlevy’s remains were then taken to Letterkenny University Hospital where a post mortem examination was carried out.  

A spokesperson at Ballyshannon Garda Station said the death was being treated as a tragic accident. 

Mr Dunlevy was from a well-known and popular family in Donegal Town. He worked in recent times in Marina’s café owned by his sister and her husband. He always had a friendly welcome as well as an easy, approachable manner with all the customers. Mr Dunlevy had also worked in pubs around the town including McCafferty’s. 


He loved soccer and was greatly involved in coaching. Without doubt, the highlight of his coaching career was bringing the Donegal Town Reserves to victory in the Voodoo Venue Cup in May 2018.  

Joint-Chairperson of Donegal Town Soccer Club Raymond Jordan said he would always remember the warm welcome he received from Mr Dunlevy when he joined the club 16 years ago. 

“He was a man of few words but when he did speak, it was always positive, always words of encouragement,” said Mr Jordan. “My three sons would not say a bad word about Rory. He always treated them very well. 

“On behalf of the club I would like to express condolences to Rory’s girlfriend Kiara Mullaney and also to his family.” 

The Donegal Town man will certainly be very much missed by his family, friends, clubmates and all who knew him.  

His remains are reposing at the family home at 13 O’Cleary Avenue, Donegal Town from 7.00pm on Tuesday and 12.00 noon on Wednesday. Removal from there is on Thursday morning at 10.30am going to St. Mary’s Church, Killymard for 11.00am Mass. Burial will then take place in the local cemetery. 

Donations in lieu of family flowers if so desired to Solace Donegal Cancer Support Centre, Donegal Town, c/o Gallagher Funeral Directors, Mountcharles, or any family member.  

The team at the Donegal Post extend deepest condolences to Mr Dunlevy’s partner and to the Dunlevy family. 


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