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Sunday 22 October 2017

Tributes paid to 'devoted family man' who died after tragic holiday fall

Conor Grogan and his wife Pauline
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Conor Grogan (38) from Tallaght was enjoying his first holiday abroad with his family in four years in La Cala on the Costa del Sol in Spain in July when tragedy struck.

His brother and godfather, Eugene, told Independent.ie Conor and his wife Pauline, along with their three young daughters were holidaying in his apartment.

“It was four years since he had  a holiday and he asked if they could have my place. We were all pleased he could go out,” he said.

However, in the early hours of July 16 Conor fell in the apartment and died as a result of his injuries.

At the time of his unexpected death Conor had been busy building his own business carrying out home renovations.
At the time of his unexpected death Conor had been busy building his own business carrying out home renovations.

Eugene, who was holidaying with his own family in Lough Erne at the time, was awoken by a phonecall relaying the terrible news, in the early hours.

Eugene was able to call on his neighbours in the complex where he and his wife Maura owned the apartment.

He also later got in touch with his solicitor in Marbella to help the family navigate the procedure around repatriating Conor.

Eugene flew to Spain to be with Pauline and her daughters. Conor and Pauline had four daughters Stacey (6), Amy (11),  Nicole (16) and Ciara (24) and a granddaughter Tori (3).

Luckily the family were able to have Conor repatriated to Ireland the following Friday.

Eugene said the family will be “forever indebted” to those in the Irish embassy in Madrid who helped and also to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust who he described as “walking saints”.

Aer Lingus also played a huge part in helping get Conor's mum Philomena (82) home from South Africa so she could see him before the funeral.

Conor’s family are coping as best they can Eugene said, adding that last week was very hard with the younger children returning to school.

“He would have walked them across the road for the first day and now it’s the first time they’ve gone back to school and daddy’s not there,” he said.

“There’ll be all the firsts [without him], there’s going to be the first birthday, first wedding anniversary, first Christmas,” he added.

The devoted dad “did everything and anything for Pauline and the girls”, his proud older brother said.

Conor was "happy go lucky and always smiling and joking with the kids", Eugene said.

"Everything he did was for his family."

At the time of his unexpected death Conor had been busy building his own business carrying out home renovations.

Now his siblings are organising a fundraiser for his family to help cover his funeral expenses and other costs.

A benefit night is being planned for the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght for October  27. There will be auctions and raffles on the night and some items of interest include signed Ireland jersey. 

Anyone interested in tickets can email michelleoneill24@gmail.com

The Go Fund Me for Conor's family can be found here.

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