The late Dessie Larkin (back row, centre), during his tenure as Mayor of Letterkenny, at the launch of the Earagail Arts Festival. Photo: Declan Doherty


The Earagail Arts Festival team was shocked to hear of the untimely passing of our Chairman and friend Dessie Larkin.

As a long-serving Board Member and during his time as an elected local representative, Mayor of Letterkenny and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Dessie was a remarkable advocate of the Earagail Arts Festival. But most importantly, he was a great friend and a supporter of the wider Donegal arts community in general.

A proud Letterkenny man, he took great joy out of seeing the arts thrive, especially in Festival projects close to his heart, such as UNIFIED The Musical and The Fiesta.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest condolences to Dessie’s wife Mary, daughters Danielle and Courtney, sons James and Matthew, extended family and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

The Board of Management and Staff of Earagail Arts Festival Management Company Ltd


The Festival Office will remain closed on Friday, 22 March,  as a mark of respect.


Funeral Arrangements

Dessie’s remains will repose at his late residence from 11am Wednesday 20th and Thursday, 21 March with Rosary at 9pm on both nights (Shuttle bus will be provided to the wake house from Larkin’s of New Mills).

Funeral from there on Friday, 22 March going to St Eunan’s Cathedral for 12noon Requiem Mass with interment afterwards in Conwal Cemetery. Family time, please, on the morning of the funeral.

Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to Pieta House c/o Paschal Blake, Funeral Director, Stoney Arch, New Line Road, Letterkenny.