TRIBUTES The late Paschal Doherty.
Tributes paid to Foxford train victim
Tributes have been paid to the late Paschal Doherty who was killed on Monday of last week when he was struck by a Ballina-bound train just outside Foxford.
A married father of three, Mr Doherty had worked in recent times with Community Radio Castlebar, firstly as a producer and latterly as Head of News at the station.
He lived with his wife Pauline and children Seamus, Paddy and Alice at Tavanaghmore, Foxford and was a native of Bohernasup, Ballina. He is also mourned by his mother Nuala, brothers Alan and Barry, sister Siobhán and extended family.
General Manager at CRC fm, Benen Tierney paid tribute to the late Mr Doherty.
“Paschal joined us here as a volunteer just over one year ago. He started out researching for programmes like The Johnny Oosten Radio Show and The Grapevine evening show which I present myself. He had a wonderful way with people and soon got to know all of the organisations and councillors around Castlebar and further afield.
“Although a volunteer, he hardly ever missed a day and soon began taking a great interest in community broadcasting. He put together a series of outside broadcast programmes for The Johnny Oosten show and oversaw each of them personally as Series Producer.
“He was offered the role of Head of News beginning on July 1 last. He was delighted and felt he had found his future career. He put the emphasis on local stories and was a perfectionist in his work. He was eager to take any news or media courses going and was hoping to get into commercial radio within the next few years. Paschal was liked by all who met him and he leaves a lot of broken hearts behind him here in The MOSAIC centre.
“Our condolences go out to his wife Pauline, his three children, his mother and all his extended family. He will be sorely missed at CRCfm,” said Mr Tierney. Local county councillor Jimmy Maloney added that Mr Doherty was ‘a lovely gentleman and family man’.