Young road crash victim  was 'loved by everyone'

William Smith


William Smith


EMOTIONAL scenes are expected and many tears shed tomorrow morning (Thursday) as the funeral of a “very loving” young man who tragically lost his life in a road collision at the weekend takes place.

Darren Gallagher, 23, who had been living in Omagh for a number of years, but originally came from Gortin, was killed in the early hours of Sunday when the Blue Opel Astra he was driving was involved in a one-vehicle collision on the A5 Beltany Road between Omagh and Newtownstewart near the Drumlegagh Road junction.

Gortin is very much a village in mourning as the latest tragedy came just days after the death of Pat Tracey in a farm accident, and was a much-loved resident of Gortin.

His funeral will leave from his father’s home at McNulty Park, Rouskey, at 10am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Cranagh, followed by Internment afterwards in the adjoining Churchyard.

As well as being survived by his father, Eunan McGarvey, he also leaves his loving partner, Shannon Thompson, sisters, Kathleen and Pauline, brother, Anthony. He was pre-deceased by his mother, Martina. 

Since the tragic accident, there has been an outpouring of tributes from Mr Gallagher’s wide circle of family and friends. 

His brother, Anthony, said he was “loved by everyone.”

He continued: “Darren was a kind-hearted man. He had a heart of gold and was always up for a laugh and loved having a good time. He was loved by everyone and made an impression on everyone he met.” he said.

Mr Gallagher’s partner, Shannon Thompson, named him “the love of her life.”

She added: “You will forever be the love of my life. I know you will look down on us all and will be right beside me forever.” she said.

A cousin of Mr Gallagher’s, Dean McCullagh, said he is still crestfallen with the news.

Full report in this week's Tyrone Constitution...

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