MANY tributes have been paid at the sad passing of a much loved paramedic and stalwart of the GAA in Doire.
Lughaidh Mac Giolla Bhrighde, from Maghera, South Derry, passed away yesterday following a long battle against the ravages of cancer.
In a statement, Doire GAA said: “It was with a heavy heart that Derry GAA learned yesterday evening of the death of Lughaidh Mac Giolla Bhrighde.
“He served as Derry Cultural officer from 2010 to 2012, a period during which he successfully oversaw the development of Scór and Irish language matters within the county.
“Lughaidh was equally as comfortable in Irish or English, and spent his life promoting both Irish language, culture and sport; a Gael in every sense of the word who embodied the selfless volunteerism of the association, bringing his professional skills as a paramedic to the aid of others.
“We send our deepest condolences to his wife Moira, and to his children Aona, Fionntán and Sinéad.
“Suaimhneas síoraí ar a anam uasal.”
The Ambulance Service also paid its own tribute to Lughaidh who was a technician for some years.
“There wasn’t too many people in the service who didn’t know who Lughaidh was.
“He was a typical South Derry man – big in stature and a heart to match – and an opinion on everything.
“When he was diagnosed with cancer a number of years ago he decided that he was not going to buckle to it.
“He fought a good fight but yesterday he was called home.
“It was typical of Lughaidh that he held out long enough to get one more All Ireland Footbal Final in and he was at Croker on Saturday.
“Our sympathies are with Moira and family, especially Aona who has followed his father’s footsteps. He could have no better role model.”
Lughaidh’s funeral will take place on Thursday, October 6, from his home at Ranaghan Road at 9.50 am.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11 am in Church of St Patrick, Glen.
Lughaidh will be laid to rest by his loving family in the adjoining ceremony.