Tributes are being paid following the sad news today of the passing of Adjt Joe Donohue, Mullingar Unit of the Order of Malta.
Joe served with the Order of Malta for 11 years. He passed away following a short but tough illness.
By Declan Keogh
Adjutant Donohue served with the Order of Malta for 11 years. He was well-known throughout the Midland region and among other units across Ireland. Many officers and volunteers of the Order of Malta and other associated organisations have been paying their respects and tributes to Joe on social media this morning.
Mullingar Order of Malta members with Joe Donohue pictured at the National Ploughing Championships in 2016. Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times
Lieutenant Damian Leech described Joe as his ‘right hand man’ and said when anything needed to be done, Joe was there. Speaking to Emergency Times this afternoon, Lieut Leech said “Joe had a great passion for the Cadets and making sure they were looked after. We’ve some very fond memories, some funny and some emotional ones.”
One of the international duties high on the Order of Malta’s calendar is the duty trip to Lourdes and Joe was fortunate enough to make one of those trips and was looking forward to a second trip to Lourdes, however, Covid restrictions prevented that from happening last year.
L-R: Then Lieutenant Damian Leech, Volunteer Maree Murphy and Sergeant Joe Donohue. at Tullamore Show 2013. Photo: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times
“He loved his trip to Lourdes and was very much looking forward to a second trip after Covid. He was fascinated with helping people, that was him through and through. There was great camaraderie between Joe and other volunteers. He was well-got and he was very much-loved right across all sectors. Here in Mullingar for instance, we’d be very fond of Civil Defence, and we always work well together, and Joe loved meeting the members of the other organisations at the various events and duties.”
L-R: Aonghus Dempsey, Joe Donohue and Damian Leech. Pic: Damian Leech.
Many people from the various organisations have been paying tribute to the late Joe Donohue on social media today. Many people shared their fond memories of starting off in the Order and how Joe would make sure they were looked after and minded.
“He was very approachable, but he always had that wit, that you were about him. During the various storms over the last few years Joe would do one 12-hour shift and I would pick up on the other 12-hour, he was my right-hand man, my go-to guy for anything that needed to be done. He was very well known in Mullingar Hospital to say the least, that was his forte, that was his go-to” Damian concluded.
Out thoughts and condolences are with Joe’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.