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Dad and daughter die just one day apart as heartbroken family plan joint funeral

A father and daughter who died just one day apart are to be buried in a joint funeral service this week following their tragic deaths.

The deaths of Patrick Devenney and Margaret Sullivan from Newtowncunningham, in Co Donegal, has sent shockwaves across their community.

Patrick, a well-known sportsman, died on Wednesday at the Donegal Hospice after a battle with illness.

Just one day later the Devenney family received more tragic news learning of Margaret’s death suddenly on Thursday, September 22.

Letterkenny Athletic Club Juveniles, where Margaret was a coach, said: “There are no words. We are utterly devastated as a club and a Community to hear of the sad passing of our Juvenile Coach Mags Sullivan. May she rest in peace.

“Our sympathy to her husband Eugene, our juvenile members Ethan and Molly and condolences to all the Devenney and Sullivan families at this sad time.

“May Margaret and her Dad Patrick R.I.P. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Local councillor for the Newtowncunningham area, Cllr Paul Canning, told BelfastLive the news had left the community in “disbelief”.

“It is with great sadness and disbelief that I am giving you all an update on the very sad and recent arrangements for Patrick (Satch) Devenney’s wake and funeral,” he said.

“We learned of the sudden death of Margaret Sullivan may she rest in peace, (Patrick and Imelda’s daughter Margaret.)

“Patrick and his daughter Margaret will repose in the family home in Newtowncunningham. The wake today is strictly private.

“Our prayers are with the entire Devenney and Sullivan family.”

Letterkenny-based GAA club, St Eunan’s, also paid tribute, they said: “It would be an understatement to say that everyone at St Eunan’s GAA club today is devastated by the unexpected news of the sad passing of Margaret Sullivan.

“We would like to express our sincere condolences with all the Devenney and Sullivan families at this extremely sad time.”

Their funeral will now take place at noon on Saturday, September 24, at the All Saints Church, Newtowncunningham, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.