Wednesday 23 May 2018

Shock at pilot's death

Michael McCarrick flew over native Doomore before fatal crash

Sorcha Crowley

The community of Doomore, outside Tubbercurry was said to be in shock after the death of local man Michael McCarrick in a plane crash last Friday.

The father-of-two died when his two-seater plane came down in a field in Breaffy, near Bonniconlon shortly after 6.30pm that evening.

Poignantly, Michael, who lived in Ballina for the last number of years, had just taken a pleasure trip down to his native townland near Cloonacool and was returning to Lough Conn Flying Club airfield at Cloghans, Ballina when tragedy struck.

The ESB networks technician was killed instantly. His remains were taken to Castlebar General Hospital for a post-mortem examination while the wreckage from the plane was taken to a hangar in Gormanstown, Co Meath, for examination by technicians from the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) who also visited the scene of the impact.

Tubbercurry County Councillor Jerry Lundy told The Sligo Champion Michael was "a lovely guy."

Councillor Lundy said: "It's very sad news. We were very concerned when the news broke that it was a local man who died - it was an awful shock. I know the family very well, they live between Tubbercurry and Cloonacool. My heartfelt sympathies go out to them, it's an awful tragedy.

"He was a lovely guy, a flying enthusiast. He had taken a circle around South Sligo and was heading back to Mayo when he crashed," he told The Sligo Champion.

"Many times I've seen little planes coming down from Knock airport so I'm sure I've seen him on a number of occasions. I would often wave up at them to salute them as they pass by.

"It's very sad news for this area and a sad tragedy for his family," added Cllr Lundy.

Michael is survived by his wife Breege and children Finn and Aoife, his mother Kathleen who still lives in Cloonacool, brothers Tom, Patrick, James, sisters Mary, Bernie, Catherine and Monica.

His funeral is today at St. Muredach`s Cathedral, Ballina at 12.30pm with funeral after to Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan.

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