“I never forgot Jimmy”

Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddihy.
Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddihy.

Tributes continue to be paid today, Friday, to the Carndonagh husband and wife who were found dead on Thursday morning at their home.

Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddihy, both in the 70s, lived at Churchtown in the town.

Member of the Northern Ireland assembly, John Dallat MLA, previously taught alongside Mr. Cuddihy at Carndonagh Community School.

He told the ‘Journal’ the former maths and metalwork teacher was a great source of help and advice to him when he first arrived to teach business studies at the Inishowen secondary school.

He said: “I clearly remember my first day there. I have vivid memories of Jimmy welcoming me on the steps of the school. He took me for a cup of coffee and chaperoned me until I found my feet. He gave me a lot of advice on how to be a good teacher and I have always been very grateful to him.

“Jimmy wasn’t in any ‘click’ or group, not that there were any, but he was the same to every teacher. He wasn’t judgemental and knew every single pupil in the school.”

The SDLP MLA for East Derry said he has received many phonecalls since yesterday from former teachers at Carndonagh Community School who have been “shocked and saddened such a good man would have such an untimely death.”

He said he also had “great admiration” for Mr. Cuddihy’s wife, Kathleen.

“She was a hands-on nurse and a real community nurse,” he said.

“I would see her occasionally driving the ambulance around Carn. She made a huge contribution to charity outside of her work and was very well respected. I also knew her father, Mickey Deery, who was a former Fianna Fail county councillor. It’s such a sad loss.”

A man in his 40s is still being questioned at Buncrana Garda Station in relation to the deaths.