Sad­ness at death of Seán (84) in fire at his Don­agh­more home


THE close-knit com­mu­nity of Don­agh­more is united in grief af­ter 84-year-old Séan McGee per­ished in the blaze which en­gulfed his home on Satur­day morn­ing.

Neigh­bours and fire fight­ers made gal­lant ef­forts to save the grand­fa­ther, pic­tured right, but were beaten back by the in­tense fire. His son Ai­dan es­caped from the fire, which gar­daí say is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

THE fire which claimed the life of 84 year old Sean McGee is ‘not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious’ ac­cord­ing to Gar­dai.

The blaze which en­gulfed the cot­tage he shared with his son Ai­dan was re­ported to the emer­gency ser­vices just be­fore 7am on Satur­day. Ef­forts by neigh­bours and fire fight­ers from Dun­dalk and Ardee to save the pop­u­lar grand­fa­ther failed and his son Ai­dan was taken by am­bu­lance to Our Lady of Lour­des Hos­pi­tal where he was treated for smoke in­hala­tion.

Mr McGee was a pop­u­lar mem­ber of the lo­cal com­mu­nity where he made his home af­ter re­turn­ing from Lon­don where he had worked as a driver.

He was pre­de­ceased by his wife Josephine and his sur­vived by his son Ai­dan and daugh­ters Martha and Ce­line, sis­ter Mary Sands, grand­chil­dren, daugh­ter-in-law, nieces and neph­ews. His fu­neral takes place to­mor­row, Wed­nes­day af­ter 11am Mass in the Church of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, Kilk­er­ley,

LO­CAL Cllr Tomás Sharkey de­scribed the de­ceased as ‘a gen­tle­man’ who was a skilled stone ma­son with a great in­ter­est in lo­cal his­tory,

Seán McGee’s home af­ter the blaze.

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