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Monday 21 April 2014

Funeral of Irishman killed in freak US accident

Damo Scanlan slipped on ice in Washington

Damien ‘Damo’ Scanlon

TRIBUTES have been paid to the Irish barman who died in a freak accident during the icy weather in America.

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral Mass of Damien ‘Damo’ Scanlon in his hometown of Knockaderry in Co. Limerick.

The 30-year-old fractured his skull after slipping on ice in the early hours of January 17.

His family and friends erupted in a one minute applause for the barman who was ‘‘full of light, life, love and laughter.’’

The night he died, he had just finished his shift at O’Sullivan’s Irish Bar in the Washington suburb town of Herndon.

He had lived in the area for two years before the tragedy.

A piper led members of his family as they carried his coffin from the family home to Knockaderry church.

It was the second tragedy to hit the family in three weeks.

His cousin Tom Griffin passed away almost a month before on Christmas morning.

The 37-year-old died from an inoperable brain tumour which had been diagnosed last September.

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