Wednesday 24 April 2019

Teens were 'shining lights' and touched so many lives

  

Lauren Bullock (17), Morgan Barnard (17) and Connor Currie (16) were killed in the tragedy
Lauren Bullock (17), Morgan Barnard (17) and Connor Currie (16) were killed in the tragedy

Conor Feehan and Jonathan Bell

The three teenagers who died in the Cookstown tragedy had touched so many lives in their schools and sporting clubs.

Lauren Bullock (17) was described by her principal at St Patrick's College in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, as a "shining light".

The teen, from the small village of Donaghmore, was described as the "backbone" of the Euphoria Allstar Cheerleading NI squad.

In a Facebook tribute, her coach said: "You were the most down-to-earth, beautiful soul and our Coral team will never be the same without you.

"You were an incredible cheerleader and were the backbone of our team."

Speaking to Independent.ie, McDonald’s Cookstown Business Manager Gillian Hopper and Assistant Manager Olivia Carson paid tribute to Lauren, saying she was a "cheerleader in every sense of the word".

"Although Lauren worked with us for a short time she quickly became one of the team," they said.

"She was a cheerleader in every sense of the word, helping to put a smile on staff and customers faces throughout the day. Lauren will be dearly missed.

"Our thoughts are with Lauren’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time."

The two boys who died were Connor Currie (16) and Morgan Barnard (17), both students at St Patrick's Academy in Dungannon.

Connor, a talented GAA player, was from Edendork, and is survived by his parents Eamon and Ciara and brothers Sean, Cormac and Cahir.

His club, Edendork GAC, said he would be remembered with the "greatest affection".

"As a club and community, we are deeply saddened and devastated to hear of the tragic passing of our much loved and highly thought of player and member Connor Currie," the club wrote.

"Connor will forever be remembered with the greatest affection by all associated with our club and indeed the wider Edendork community.

"We are all in shock at Connor's untimely passing, to lose a dear friend and teammate is one of the most difficult life experiences you will have to face." A relative of Morgan said he had been a keen soccer player.

"He was just a bundle of joy, always bouncing around, he seemed to have a lot of energy in him - a gentleman, he was," he said.

Friends posted tributes on social media saying he "always brightened up our classroom with your humour and smile".

Irish Independent

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