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Family's heartache at death of father-of-six

THE heartbroken wife of a father-of-six who was killed in a horrific car crash has paid tribute to "the world's greatest dad".

Martina Scallon, from Co Carlow, said her life was "ripped apart" after learning of the death of her beloved husband Sean (39).

The industrial worker died when his vehicle collided with a lorry near Coalisland, Co Tyrone on September 24.


The tragedy is compounded by the fact that Martina is just months away from giving birth to their seventh child.

Speaking to the Herald, the devastated mum admitted that she and her children are struggling to come to terms with the loss of Sean.

"We're just going through the motions to be honest. We are taking each day as it comes.

"I'm doing my best to keep strong and keep the kids going but we are very much missing Sean," she said.

"It's still an awful shock. Sean was a wonderful husband and father.

"He was the world's greatest dad. He lived for the kids and they loved him to bits. Sean was a real family man."

The small Carlow village of Myshall where the family lives is still coming to terms with Sean's death.

Our picture shows Sean with Martina and his children Jessica, Jamie, Joshua, Jasmine, Janine and Jade.

Martina said Sean was "so excited" about the prospect of welcoming his seventh child.

"It's devastating to think he won't be there for it [the birth]," she said.

And she thanked those who have sent messages of her support to her and her children.

"The funeral was just packed. The church was out the door. It's very comforting," Martina added.

Sean was employed by local machinery firm, Distag, and often travelled to Northern Ireland to deliver industrial parts.

Joe Deacon, the company's managing director, described Sean as a "great all-rounder".

"Whatever needed to be done, Sean would do it," he told the Carlow Nationalist.


"He always had a big smile on his face and something to say to everyone.

He'll definitely be missed. [He was] a real bright light, always smiling and happy," he added.

Sean is survived by his wife and children, father Thomas, and his nine siblings.

He was originally from Duncormack in Co Wexford but he and his family moved to Myshall seven years ago.