Anthony McDonald (RIP)

It is with great sadness the Society learnt yesterday of the passing of Anthony McDonald, long standing IRRS member, advocate and devoted volunteer of many years to our library and archive.

Many of our members and those in the railway community far and wide will be very familiar with Anthony and will be greatly saddened to hear this news. The Society has lost a most valued member and friend and all those in the IRRS express their deepest sympathies to his wife and family at this time.

The funeral of our late friend and colleague Anthony takes place this afternoon (Wednesday 22 April) at 2pm (available to view via webcam). Please see details and link on as below:…/anthony-mcdonald-leixlip-kildare/420867

May he Rest in Peace.

Anthony McDonald
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6 thoughts on “Anthony McDonald (RIP)

  1. john martin 21 Apr 2020 at 7:35 am

    so sad to learn of Anthony’s passing. I found him most helpful in the archives on my infrequent visits and he put me in touch with the photogarphs officer when I needed further help

    • ccooney 21 Apr 2020 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you John for your very kind message, we’re all shocked by Anthony’s passing, he will be missed dearly at the IRRS by all who knew him. Ciarán

  2. Leslie McAllister (IRRS London) 22 Apr 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you Ciaran for sending that link. It meant that several friends on the other side of the Irish Sea were able to “be there” to say goodbye, for now, to Anthony and to support Lorna and her children. A great guy, who will be very sorely missed for his helpfulness; knowledge (if he didn’t know, he knew someone who did!); great sense of humour; I’ll miss his modelling skills and if anyone has one of his models they should treasure it. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lorna, Caoimhe, Oisin and little Fainne.

    • ccooney 27 Apr 2020 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Leslie for your kind message, it’s just heartbreaking what has happened and we’ll all miss him dearly. I actually picked up that GSWR brakevan he did from yourself last October, he was delighted I got it and explained how he did the faded ‘GSWR’ lettering, I will indeed treasure it forever now. Hope you’re keeping safe and well during this sad and anxious time, Ciarán.

  3. Andrew Gwilt 10 May 2020 at 12:23 am

    Very sad and devastated to hear this. Very heartbroken. I have heard that he was a very good and wonderful person he was. Very sad.

    Rest in Peace Anthony McDonald. :'(

  4. Tommy Kearneyt 30 Jun 2020 at 9:51 am

    I only heard of Anthony’s sad passing earlier today. What a shock to see his death notice. May he R.I.P. One of life’s true gentlemen he will be sadly missed by all in the railway fraternity and beyond. Sincere sympathy to his family and many friends.

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