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Death of noted Fahan historian

Peter Gurrie, third from left, pictured here at an event at Fort Dunree last year at which he represented the West Inishowen Historical Society. John Hegarty, chairman West Inishowen Historical Society is seen presenting John McCarter, Chairman, Dunree Fort, with the Saldanha Anchor for Fort Dunree Museum. Also in picture, from left, are John O'Rawe guest speaker on the shipwreck, Peter Gurrie, Dermot McLaughlin, Fort Dunree, Sean Porter, Fort Dunree, David Magee, manager Fort Dunree, and Kieran Brosnan, Fort Dunree. (2908SL40)

Peter Gurrie, third from left, pictured here at an event at Fort Dunree last year at which he represented the West Inishowen Historical Society. John Hegarty, chairman West Inishowen Historical Society is seen presenting John McCarter, Chairman, Dunree Fort, with the Saldanha Anchor for Fort Dunree Museum. Also in picture, from left, are John O'Rawe guest speaker on the shipwreck, Peter Gurrie, Dermot McLaughlin, Fort Dunree, Sean Porter, Fort Dunree, David Magee, manager Fort Dunree, and Kieran Brosnan, Fort Dunree. (2908SL40)

It was with great sadness the Fahan community and his many friends throughout the North West learned of the death of noted local historian, Peter Gurrie.

Mr Gurrie, a leading member of Fahan Community Council, will be buried in Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery this morning. His Requiem Mass took place in St Mura’s Church in Fahan yesterday.

Mr Gurrie frequently organised walking tours of the monastic village of Fahan, about which his knowledge was encyclopaedic. He had a very active interest in the history of Fahan in particular, the Buncrana area and Inishowen. He was also highly active in community life in the area.

Retired for a number of years, he had been in failing health for some time. He died in Donegal Hospice.

One local resident told the Journal; “Peter is a tremendous loss to Fahan and to Inishowen. He was very much to the forefront in terms of the Fahan Community Council, which was typical of a man who put so much into community affairs. He was involved in so many local initiatives and in giving talks and tours onlocal history, and much of his work was unsung. For instance, until he became ill, he could be seen down at the beach regularly filling sandbags so that walkers could access the main strand across the little stream there.

“Peter was a very interesting character and a gentleman who was a great example of someone dedicated to community service.”

 

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