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Retired civil servant Robert Robinson may have sadly passed away– but the music he loved lives on in a tiny, picturesque church in Donegal.

Church gets organ donation

Retired civil servant Robert Robinson may have sadly passed away– but the music he loved lives on in a tiny, picturesque church in Donegal.

For Robert and his wife Maureen several years ago made a gift of a Wurlitzer organ to the Ardara Parish in south Donegal and ever since it has been played in support of all those old familiar hymns and the new ones too.

Robert and Maureen – a church organist in her day – bought the Wurlitzer 10 years ago, and it made a beautiful sound. But it turned out to be a bit too big for their home in east Belfast.

So when they heard from Ardara regular Denis Wilson that the old organ that had served the parish for nearly 40 years had broken down and was beyond repair, Maureen and Robert decided to come to the rescue.

The organ was transported to Donegal by Denis, a Glenavy business man, and has been played in the Ardara church of the St Connel's Parish ever since – sometimes by Denis' wife Jill – much to the delight of Canon John Dean and the parishioners.

Canon Dean invited Maureen up to Ardara one Sunday to play the Wurlitzer at a service and she and Robert enjoyed the reunion.

"Our members will never forget Robert who died only a few weeks ago," said Canon Dean, who is hoping Maureen will return to Ardara to play the organ again.

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