Mourners pay final respects to ‘passionate and generous’ Declan

Declan Curran. (0404BM8)
Declan Curran. (0404BM8)

Hundreds of mourners paid their respects at the funeral of prominent local businessman Declan Curran yesterday.

The well known head of the Citygroup, who lost his battle with cancer on Thursday last, aged 47, was laid to rest following Requiem Mass in St Eugene’s Cathedral yesterday morning. Declan’s family and friends were joined by many hundreds of mourners including representatives from Derry City Football Club, and political leaders and business leaders. Concelebrating the funeral Mass, Fr Chris Ferguson described Declan as a man with great passion for his city and a great generosity towards others.

“Declan was a man whose heart was certainly in Derry whether with Derry City Football Club or the life of the city itself.”

Fr Ferguson said Declan’s generosity “certainly endeared” him to the people of his city.

Tributes to the fervent supporter of Derry City FC, keen charity worker and champion of lobbying for job creation in the North West flooded in throughout the weekend. He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2010, but had fought the illness with great determination.

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson paid tribute to Declan, as a good friend who will be very sadly missed by many.

She added that he fought “a courageous fight”. Foyle MP Mark Durkan described him as “a passionate and compassionate Derry man”.

Glee star Damian McGinty - a friend of Declan’s - tweeted on Thursday evening: “Today a great friend of mine passed away back home. So sad. So hard. He was an inspiration to many people. RIP Dec. xx”