THE town of Dundalk has been left shocked and saddened by the passing of 21-year-old Craig Doherty on Monday May 9.
The popular young man from Road 2 in Muirhevnamor passed away last week at St Francis Hospice in Raheny after a lengthy battle with illness.
A massive crowd turned out for Craig’s Funeral Mass in the Holy Family Church in Muirhevnamor on Wednesday afternoon and again for his burial in St Patrick’s Cemetery, highlighting the high esteem in which he was held by people of all ages and from all walks of life.
A Facebook page was immediately setup in his honour following his passing and close to a thousand people have signed up to it to pay tribute to the young man, who only turned 21 recently.
The tribute page described Craig as a “great fella” who “lived life to the full” and “always put a smile on everyone’s face.”
Hundreds of tributes have also been written about him on the page.
Conor Shevlin said: “RIP boss u were always a true gent” while Shane Finnegan said he was too young to go.
Patrick Duffy said that Craig would be “sadly missed” while Tracey McArdle described him as an amazing friend.
Gerard Corcoran said Craig would be “truly missed and never forgotten” and added “you always kept us in laughter.”
Kim Mackin said “heaven has gained another beautiful angel” while Graham Donnelly described Craig as “very popular with everyone”, adding that “another character has been taken from us.”
Sharon Myles described Craig as an “inspiration” while local councillor Oliver Morgan asked Craig to “watch over your family and friends now and help them to gain the strength and support they need over the next few days, weeks and months ahead.”
Craig is survived by his parents Sandra and Paul, brothers Dean and Kurt, sister Naomi, Sandra’s partner Richard and Paul’s wife Jenny as well as his grandmother, grandfather, aunts, uncles, cousins, entire family circle and many friends.