Huge sum raised in memory of Conor

Members of the McMonagle family and friends presenting a cheque for Û24,157 to Paula Coyle Carberry and Anastacia Roache, from Action for Hope, representatives ofÊthe fundraising committee for Pieta House North-West.

Members of the McMonagle family and friends presenting a cheque for €24,157 to Paula Coyle Carberry and Anastacia Roache, from Action for Hope, representatives of the fundraising committee for Pieta House North-West.

By Caoimhinn Barr

More than €24,000 has been raised in memory of a young Inishowen man who took his own life earlier this year.

Father-of-one Conor McMonagle, from Quigley’s Point, was aged just 24-years-old when he died on February 7. He had never been treated for depression and had shown no outward signs of suicidal ideation.

The huge sum was raised in his memory following a charity night at the Point Inn on Saturday July 2, the day that Conor had planned to marry long-term girlfriend Tammy Wade.

Since Conor’s sudden death, the McMonagle family has bravely spearheaded a campaign to help spare others from the pain and trauma of suicide by raising more awareness of the issue.

At the weekend they presented a cheque for €24,157 to suicide prevention charity Pieta House North-West, with the money going towards a new Pieta House facility, due to open in Letterkenny.

A former pupil of Scoil Naomh Fionan, Whitecastle and Moville Community College, Conor had a passion for cars from an early age and spent many hours working with his father Colin. He was a talented and well-respected car body repairman, having completed a third level course in car repairs after he left school.

Conor had been working as a barman at the Point Inn when his death shocked the local community six months ago.

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