Monday 25 September 2017

Match postponed after fatal road crash

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A GAA championship football match was postponed last night as a mark of respect to a local footballer whose brother was killed in a tragic road accident early yesterday.

The victim was named locally as Enda Watterson (27), of Derryglasson, Emyvale, Co Monaghan.

Mr Watterson's brother, Fergal Watterson, was included on the panel for the Emyvale team that was due to take on Clones in a junior semi-final match last night.

But the fixture was called off following the tragedy which has devastated the local community.

Mr Watterson was driving a car with four male passengers shortly before 6am yesterday when the vehicle struck a ditch near his home in the townland of Killacorn, Emyvale.

He was rushed to Cavan General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The passengers were treated for minor injuries.

An official with Emyvale GAA club said the members were all shocked and saddened by the young man's death.

Local parish priest Fr Hubert Martin, of St Patrick's Church in Emyvale, said Mr Watterson was a well-respected and popular young man who worked for his father's local quarry business.

"He was a lively and popular young man," he said.

Fr Martin said he last saw Enda at the local church on Saturday morning when he was attending the funeral of a neighbour.

"When I heard the news after 10am Mass I was in a state of shock and that's the way the whole community is right now," he said.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised, he added.

Gardai, meanwhile, are appealing for anyone who witnessed the accident to contact them at the Emyvale station on 047 87222.

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Irish Independent

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