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Limerick Mourns the Passing of Esteemed Councillor P. McDonnell |

Limerick Mourns the Passing of Esteemed Councillor P. McDonnell

Limerick, Ireland – In a sombre turn of events, the demise of Mr P. McDonnell has left the community in Limerick grieving the loss of a dedicated public servant. A stalwart figure in local governance, Mr McDonnell’s unexpected passing has reverberated through the city, marking the end of an era for many who admired his long-standing commitment to civic duties.

For numerous years, Mr P. McDonnell played a crucial role in the Limerick Corporation, where he served as both Councillor and Alderman. His contributions extended beyond municipal matters, with active involvement in the Poor Law and Asylum Boards. Recognized for his unwavering dedication to patriotic and democratic principles, McDonnell’s tenure included a notable term as High Sheriff of the city, spanning two years.

The news of his demise sent shockwaves through the city, prompting an outpouring of condolences from the community. Friends, colleagues, and constituents alike remember him as a capable and energetic citizen who left an indelible mark on the fabric of Limerick.

The funeral, held on Tuesday, drew an unprecedented crowd, attesting to the widespread respect and esteem in which Mr McDonnell was held. The procession, as it wound its way through the city streets, was a poignant display of collective grief and remembrance. Attendees from all walks of life, reflecting the diversity of Limerick, paid their respects to the late public figure.

Particular sympathy is extended to his family, especially to Alderman McDonnell and Dr Charles McDonnell. The latter, currently in his second year of the City Shrievalty, is tasked with carrying on the family legacy of public service.

As a mark of respect, the routine proceedings at both the Corporation and the Board of Guardians were adjourned. The decision to pause these essential functions underscored the significance of Mr McDonnell’s impact on local governance and the respect he commanded from his peers.

The void left by his passing is palpable, with many grappling to come to terms with the sudden departure of a figure who was synonymous with the city’s civic life. In the days following his funeral, there has been an outpouring of tributes, commemorating Mr McDonnell’s legacy as a dedicated public servant.

Limerick, known for its close-knit community, is no stranger to rallying together in times of sorrow. The mourning period for Mr P. McDonnell has become an opportunity for reflection on the importance of public service and the impact one individual can have on a city’s trajectory.

While the city grieves, the memory of Mr McDonnell will undoubtedly endure as a testament to the values he championed and the indomitable spirit with which he served Limerick. As the community navigates this period of loss, the resilience, and unity for which Limerick is known will undoubtedly shine through, ensuring that the late Councillor P. McDonnell’s contributions are not forgotten.

Evening Herald (Dublin) – Saturday 04 October 1913

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