By Carmel O’Callaghan


Dr. Eugene MacDonagh
It is with a sense of sadness that we record the death of Dr. Eugene MacDonagh, Bailieboro’ which occurred at the residence of his daughter, Dr. Mary Cronin, Urcher, on Thursday, August 28. Aged 84 years Eugene had been ill for the past three months.

Born in 1913 in Ballymote, Co. Sligo, he studied at the Royal College of Surgeons and after qualifying as a doctor in 1939 he spent a number of years practising in England and Wales. He arrived home to take up a position with the Irish Army and practised in Donegal and on the isle of Aranmore. From there Eugene took up a position as Dispensary Doctor, Ballyhaise, where he met his future wife, Kitty Sullivan, a member of the well known Sullivan family of Cavan town.


In 1952, Dr. MacDonagh was appointed District Medical Officer, Bailieboro’ and from then on continued to treat the people of Bailieboro’ until shortly before his final illness. A strong willed and witty character, Eugene was held in the highest respect by his patients and by everyone who knew him. It was widely acknowledged by all that he was one of the best doctors in the county.

He cherished the people of Bailieboro’ and became known as one of the real characters of the town. A man who valued his independence, until his acute illness, Eugene was a passionate follower of all sports, in particular golf and rugby. He was a past president of both, Virginia Golf Club and Virginia Rugby Club. His passing has left a deep void within the community, which may never be filled.


Predeceased by his wife, Kitty, in 1986, Eugene is survived by his sons, John (Castlebar), Niall (Dublin), Eugene (Waterford), and by his daughter, Dr. Mary Cronin, Urcher, his sisters Elizabeth and Madge in Dublin, and by a very large family circle, to whom sympathy is extended.


One of the largest attendances witnessed in recent times, was present at the removal of Eugene’s remains from his residence, Virginia Road, to St. Annes Chapel on Friday. On Saturday morning following funeral Mass at which Frs. Fegan, Brady, and Halton officiated, his remains were interred in St. Anne’s Cemetery. (The Anglo Celt, 4 September, 1997)