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'Good as gold' schoolboy (7) dies in road accident near his home


A family's Christmas visit ended in tragedy after a seven-year-old boy, described as being "as good as gold", was killed in a road accident near his house in Co Fermanagh.

The community between Belcoo and Garrison was left stunned at the death of the little boy Ryan McGovern.

A neighbour said last night: "He was coming back from his granny's in Belcoo. It happened outside his own home as he got out of a car. It is very sad."

Ryan, a pupil at St Martin's Primary School in Garrison, died following the accident at Lattone Road, Belcoo.

The incident happened at about 1pm yesterday. He was taken from the scene by ambulance under police escort to South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

SDLP councillor Brendan Gallagher is a family friend and knew young Ryan.

He described the boy as "good as gold" and wished to pass on his condolences. Ryan's father Donal is a farmer, and he is also survived by his mother Michelle and two brothers.

Mr Gallagher said he was unaware of the precise details surrounding the accident but understood the collision involved a van.

"Everybody is stunned, it is terrible. They are a well-known family and something like this is a huge shock. Ryan was a lovely young fella and was in the same class as one of my relatives. He is as good as gold," Mr Gallagher added.

He said Ryan was known through Garrison Amateur Boxing Club and also St Mary's Devenish GAA club.

On Facebook, people expressed their horror at what happened and one said: "Tragic news... and even so more poignant less than a week to Christmas... tears, thoughts and prayers to Ryan's family at this difficult time."

Fr Tiernan Beggan said it was a huge tragedy for the area coming up to Christmas.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to call them at Enniskillen station on 101.

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