Tributes to Fr Doherty as body returned to old parish
Tributes have been paid to a popular priest of 50 years' service who died on Christmas Day.
Father George Doherty, (87) a priest of the Diocese of Derry, was ordained in June 1954 and soon after was appointed curate in Greencastle, Co Down.
Born on July 31, 1929 in Carndonagh, Co Donegal, he attended St Patrick's National School, Carndonagh before going on to St Columb's College, in Derry.
After his exams he was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Derry before studying at St Patrick's College, Maynooth.
Father Doherty was placed all over Northern Ireland, including Donagheady, Dungiven and Killyclogher, as well as a number of parishes within Donegal.
He retired in 2004, aged 75, when his health began to deteriorate.
Father Doherty died peacefully at Beach Hill Manor Nursing Home, Lisfanan. To honour his service his remains were returned to Desertegney in the parish of Buncrana, where he once served as curate.
Spokesperson for the Diocese of Derry, Father Michael Canny led tributes to Fr Doherty.
He said: "Father Doherty's death is deeply regretted by the bishops, priests and people of the Diocese of Derry.
"May he rest in peace."
A funeral Mass will be celebrated today at Star of the Sea Church, Desertegney, Buncrana, at noon, followed by a burial in the adjoining graveyard.