Friday 23 August 2019

'Always up for a laugh, had terrible taste in music, was never without that infectious smile' - Family of crash victim's heartbreaking tribute

Pictured: Road victims Maurice McCloughan (left) and Killian Doherty
Pictured: Road victims Maurice McCloughan (left) and Killian Doherty Newsdesk Newsdesk

The family of one of two GAA players who died in a crash near Omagh have paid tribute to their "golden boy" who "was the life and soul of every party".

Maurice McCloughan and Killian Doherty died after the two-vehicle traffic collision on the main Omagh to Ballygawley road in Co Tyrone.

The crash between a Peugeot 508 and a Renault Laguna happened on the A5 Doogary Road at around 8am on Saturday.

In a statement to the BBC, Mr McCloughan's family said: "We have laughed together, cried together, danced together and now, without our centrepiece, our baby, we have to mourn together."

Maurice McCloughan
Maurice McCloughan

They said "no words exist to explain the pain".

"Maurice was the life and soul of every party and loved a good jump about the dance floor," they added.

"He was always up for a laugh, had terrible taste in music, was never without that infectious smile and never had any problem 'pulling the chicks'.

"Although our lives are falling apart, we have become aware of how many lives have been touched by Maurice and just how many people this will affect.

Killian Doherty
Killian Doherty

"We as a family will get through this together and we open up our hearts to all of those who were friends, teammates and classmates.

"It gives us some comfort that Maurice has Killian up there with him."

They described Mr Doherty as "another fantastic young man that didn't deserve to go so soon and leave behind another shattered family".

Mr McCloughan played for his local Fintona Pearses club.

It posted online: “We are all saddened by the tragic news that Maurice has gone. It is at times like this that it is really important that we are there to support his family and each other."

Mr Doherty played for the Drumquin GAA club.

The club said: "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."

On Sunday, members of Drumquin GAA club laid wreaths at the scene of the fatal crash in Co Tyrone.

Sinn Féin MLA for West Tyrone, Declan McAleer said the collision on the A5 "has left the families and friends of the two young men who have been tragically taken from us grieving and in shock".

“I would urge everyone, particularly at this time of year, to exercise care on our roads.”

On Saturday, Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd also urged drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care in the run-up to Christmas.

“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."

The PSNI are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Doogary Road between 7.45am and 8am on Saturday to contact them.

Belfast Telegraph

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