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Saturday 24 February 2018

'He'd do anything for you' - Family tribute to Mayo fan 'Benny' who died after freak fall

Brendan Heneghan
Brendan Heneghan "loved life" and will be "greatly missed" Photo: Facebook
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A Mayo community has been left devastated after the tragic death of a "much loved" man following a freak accident earlier this week.

Brendan 'Benny' Heneghan (37) was found dead in his Castlebar home on Tuesday and tributes have been pouring in from friends and family.

The young Mayo man had been out watching the All-Ireland final with a couple of his brothers and sisters on Sunday and that was the last time they saw him alive.

It is believed Mr Heneghan suffered fatal injuries after falling down the stairs in his home.

A post mortem carried out on Wednesday revealed there was nothing suspicious about his death.

His brother-in-law, Joe Redmond, described him as a "great character" who will be "greatly missed".

"He had just bought his own house and had everything ahead of him," Mr Redmond told Independent.ie.

"He loved to have a laugh and he was a very witty young fella. He loved being around his family too and enjoyed nights out with his brothers and sisters. He was the type of lad who would do anything for you."

Mr Heneghan was a carpenter by trade and spent a number of years living in Australia.

His brother-in-law praised the local community for rallying round the family at this difficult time.

"The neighbours and everyone in the two communities have been brilliant. You couldn't ask for more really."

Local councillor Cyril Burke said the community has been left reeling by his death.

"After the weekend, everyone's heads were down and this has created an air of sadness and shock around the place.

"The family are in our thoughts and the whole community is behind them. He was a lovely young fella and was very much loved by those who knew him."

He is survived by his mother Mary, his seven sisters and three bothers.

His funeral mass will take place in Ballintubber on Saturday.

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