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22/09/2021

Sad passing of John Dunne-one of Derry’s most well known teachers

The death has taken place of John Dunne, one of Derry’s most well known and renowned teachers. Mr Dunne sadly passed away peacefully this morning (May 2, 2019) at Owen Mor Care Home in the city surrounded by his family. One of the original staff members of St Joseph’s Boys School in Creggan when it opened its doors for the first time in 1963, John Dunne spent his entire career over more than 30 years at the school. As Head of English at St Joseph’s Mr Dunne was regarded as one of the most gifted teachers even to cross the school’s doors. In his youth he was a widely respected sportsman playing both football and basketball at senior level. An ardent fan of his beloved Derry City FC he also for many years worked as a match commentator. And for a period in his retirement also wrote a column for the Derry Journal under the name ‘Seanchaí’-the Gaelic name for storyteller. The wake will begin this afternoon at 5pm at the home of his daughter Teresa at 5, Steelstown Road. The family have requested that the wake remain private between the hours of 11pm-11am. The funeral cortege will leave from 5, Steelstown Road this Saturday morning (May 4) at 9.20am for Requiem Mass at St Eugene’s Cathedral at 10am. Interment will take place afterwards at Derry City Cemetery. CAPTION: Mr John Dunne pictured in his younger days.

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