Saturday 27 May 2017

Tributes paid to young GAA players - and best friends - who died in tragic crash

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Two young GAA players have died in a serious two-vehicle traffic collision.

The incident happened shortly after 8am on Saturday morning on the main Omagh to Ballygawley road.

The deceased have been named locally as Killian Doherty from Drumquin and Maurice McCloughan from Fintona.

It is understood that the two boys had been best friends since primary school.

Mr Doherty played for the Drumquin Wolfe Tones GAA club.

A post on the 'Drumquin Through The-Years' Facebook page read: "Devastating news reaching us this morning with the news that we have lost Killian Doherty in a early morning accident outside Omagh.

"Killian was familiar to us all having worked in McKenna's shop in the village and was always polite and mannerly in any exchange with him.

"He was also a valued member of the local Drumquin Wolfe Tones GAA club. Killian will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Killian's family and friends at this most difficult of times.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam."

Drumquin GAC said on its Facebook page: "Our club has suffered a devastating loss this morning with the tragic passing of senior footballer Killian Doherty in a road accident. Killian had huge potential as a footballer, however, above his sporting ability he was a friend to all who knew him and will be sorely missed.

"Sincere condolences to the Doherty family at this difficult time. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam uasal."

Mr McCloughan played for his local Fintona Pearses club.

It posted online: “Our club has been hit with the tragic news that club player Maurice McCloughan has passed away this morning.”

The news of the young men’s deaths has caused widespread devastation and there have been a flood of tributes on social media since.

Constable Alan Todd said the PSNI are appealing for information about the incident.

He said: "With many people enjoying some time off over the coming Christmas holidays, I am appealing to all road users to exercise caution, as our statistics illustrate that, like any other holiday period, there is an increased risk of collisions.

"Over the Christmas holidays we will have additional police resources on the roads across Northern Ireland and we will be liaising closely with our An Garda Siochana Traffic Corps colleagues in the border counties."

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