April 15, 2024

Members of the Donegal Courts Service have paid tribute to the late Circuit Court docket Decide John O’Hagan.

Decide O’Hagan, who served within the Donegal District for ten years, handed away on Saturday after a brief sickness.

Tributes had been paid to the previous Decide at Letterkenny District Court docket.

Senior solicitor Kieran O’Gorman mentioned he was shocked to study of Decide O’Hagan’s passing.

Mr O’Gorman mentioned he had not realised that Decide O’Hagan was unwell and that his thought went out to his spouse of fifty years Sarah and their prolonged household.

On behalf the Bar, barrister Ciaran Elders mentioned he at all times discovered Decide O’Hagan to be a gentleman when he was siting in Donegal and was at all times honest to individuals and practitioners.

“He had the power to be each beneficiant and honest and I’m certain his household are going by way of a really troublesome time,” he mentioned.

On behalf of An Garda Siochana, Sergeant Maurice Doyle mentioned he would additionally wish to be related to the sympathies to Decide O’Hagan saying he was at all times well liked by everybody.

Supervisor of the Letterkenny Courts Service, Geoffrey McGonagle mentioned the late Decide O’Hagan was at all times highly regarded with courts service workers even after his retirement.

He recalled it was not so way back that Decide O’Hagan even known as again into the court docket constructing for a cup of espresso and a chat with workers.

Decide Ciaran Liddy mentioned Decide O’Hagan displayed integrity and equity every day for individuals who got here earlier than him.

He added that he had an excellent authorized thoughts and a eager sense of wit which was matched solely by his eager sense of obligation.

Decide Liddy mentioned Decide O’Hagan had a robust affiliation with Donegal and that his ideas had been along with his household presently.

Decide O’Hagan started within the Northern Circuit courts in 2006 earlier than retiring in 2017.

O’Hagan was additionally appointed as a Decide on the Particular Prison Court docket from 1999.

He’s survived by his spouse of fifty years, Sarah, his daughter Clodagh and her associate Finbarr, his son Mark and fiancée Sinéad, his daughter Terry, her husband Philip and their stunning kids Ciara and PJ.

He’s additionally survived by his sisters Adelaide and Catherine, brother Conor, kin and his many shut pals, bikers, choir members and neighbours.

A eager biker, sailor, golfer and fisherman, Decide O’Hagan was remembered fondly by many within the authorized system in Donegal upon his retirement in 2017, for his “widespread sense and equity in addition to his compassion for individuals who got here earlier than him within the courts.”

His funeral preparations are as follows:

Reposing at his house on Tuesday (March twenty sixth) from 4pm to 7pm.

Funeral Mass at 11am on Wednesday (March twenty seventh) at Star of the Sea Church Mornington, which may be seen dwell on https://www.youtube.com/consumer/Finnegandvd adopted by cremation.

Courts pay tribute to late Donegal Decide John O’Hagan was final modified: March twenty fifth, 2024 by Workers Author