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President Trump sends letter of condolence to family of late Fr Joe Haugh

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*Donald Trump in Shannon Airport.

US President, Donald Trump has sent a letter of condolences to the family of the late Doonbeg priest, Fr Joe Haugh.

Fr Haugh died at the beginning of April, the former parish priest of Doonbeg had been in a Kilrush nursing home prior to his death.

An honorary member of Doonbeg Golf Club, Joe had praised the work done by President Trump at Trump Doonbeg stressing the benefits it brought with regard to local employment and the economy. Last June during the visit of President Trump to Doonbeg, Fr Haugh presented Eric and Donald Jnr with a framed photograph of Doonbeg Castle.

Haugh and Trump first met following the later’s acquisition of the West Clare resort. The businessman once said to the Coolmeen native, “get me to heaven”. During an interview with The Clare Echo last year, Fr Haugh expressed his belief that there is a place in heaven for Trump.

Fr Joe Haugh. Photograph: Louise Brooks.

In a letter sent on April 9th, President Trump passed on his condolences to Fr Joe’s brother, Tommy. “As you know, Father Joe meant a lot to me, my sons and the entire community. I have a lot of distinct memories of Father Joe including spending time with him in 2016 at Trump International when we reopened the course. Your brother provided a very special blessing that we all cherish very much”.

He added, “Father Joe’s loss will be felt deeply amongst all of us and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to know him and spend time with him”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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