Dermot Walsh Death Dead – Dermot Walsh Obituary: Cause of Death

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Dermot Walsh Death Dead – Dermot Walsh Obituary: Cause of Death

Dermot Walsh has passed away, this was confirmed through what we saw on social media.

Dermot Walsh died on January, 16th, 2020, at the age of 76, following a long illness. His passing occurred on the day of the 50th anniversary of his marriage to his beloved wife, Susan. A household name in his native Donegal, he was also well-known throughout Ireland as a pioneering figure, not alone in the tourism industry, but in many other spheres of life as well.

He was born at home, in the townland of Rinnaraw near the small village of Portnablagh, on Donegal’s northwest coast, in a room overlooking the beautifully scenic Horn Head and, from an early age, was destined to become immersed in the tourism industry. His grandfather, Donal Teague McGinley, who was principal of Murroe national school, built the first family hotel in Portnablagh in 1922, a bold a step at the time. It had only been open for about six months when Teague died suddenly. His daughter, Nina (Dermot’s mother ), was in the middle of her hotel training course in Dublin at the time and had to return home without completing it to take over the running of the hotel. Within a year she married Dermot Walsh snr (Dermot’s father) and, together, they ran the Portnablagh Hotel very successfully for many years. The Carrigart Hotel came on the market in 1946. They succeeded in purchasing it and the business of both hotels thrived under their control.

Having completed his secondary education in Castleknock College, Dermot jnr took a degree in economics and politics in UCD in 1964 and would later complete a postgraduate MBA degree in Trinity College in 1968. He represented UCD in both rugby and athletics and was hugely proud of the fact that he was a member of the UCD first rugby team at a time when it had seven international players in its squad.

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