Wednesday, November 02, 2022

The northwest is in mourning this week after the sad passing of a beloved member of An Garda Síochána.

Rosemarie Rooney, Meadow Hill, Letterkenny, Donegal, formerly of Sligo Town passes away peacefully at Sligo University Hospital on Monday.

Rosemarie Rooney, Meadow Hill, Letterkenny, Donegal, formerly of Sligo Town passes away peacefully at Sligo University Hospital on Monday.

Rosemarie was a garda in Letterkenny since 2003, where she became much-loved in her workplace and in the community.

An Garda Síochána Donegal paid tribute to Rosemarie in a heartfelt social media post.

“We lost someone very special this week. We lost our dear friend and colleague Rosie.

“Garda Rosemarie Rooney came to Letterkenny Garda Station in 2003 straight from the Garda College in Templemore. Over the years, Rosie made many friends within her workplace but also within Letterkenny town, a place she loved and a place she considered to be her second home.

“It was impossible to be in the same room as Rosie and to feel sad or downhearted as she had the most contagious smile and hearty laugh ever. She often had a mischievous twinkle in her eye and we loved her for that. We will miss that. Rosie included everybody. She spoke to and with everybody. She had a heart of pure gold.

“‘Be the reason someone smiles today’. Rosie, you made us all smile. You were the cause of so many smiles everyday.

“We offer our sincere condolences to Rosie’s parents, P.J. and Rosaleen, to her Sister Fiona and to all of her family members and friends.

“A book of condolences will be open for members of the public at Letterkenny Garda Station on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week until 7pm each evening.

“She is not gone from us, but gone before us.

“Rest in peace Rosie. We will never forget you.”

Reposing at the Foley and McGowan Funeral Home, Market Yard, Sligo tomorrow (Thursday) from 3pm to 7pm. Funeral will arrive to The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo on Friday morning for requiem mass at 11:30am followed by burial in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Scarden, Strandhill Road, Sligo.

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