Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Old Firm victim linked to Donegal

A GRIEVING eight- year-old Donegal boy was today preparing to go to the funeral of a teenage uncle who was brutally murdered in Glasgow.

A GRIEVING eight- year-old Donegal boy was today preparing to go to the funeral of a teenage uncle who was brutally murdered in Glasgow.

Thomas McFadden (16), son of a Donegal couple, was stabbed after being chased along a street near his Glasgow home by Rangers supporters after Saturday's Old Firm clash.

Mr McFadden, who was wearing a Celtic shirt, who had not gone to the game because his mother feared crowd trouble, watched the match on television at his home in Govanhill.

He was stabbed four times after leaving the house to meet his sister, Margaret, and died of his injuries.

The teenager was the son of Owen McFadden from Falcarragh and his mother Josie came from Dunfanaghy. His brother, Owen, still lives in Falcarragh.

His other brother John, who lives in Scotland, said Thomas had an eight-year- old nephew in Donegal who is 'breaking his heart over this'.

He went on: 'My brother was just a silly young lad who had never been in any trouble before and he died simply for wearing football colours.'Two men aged 21 and 23 were detained by police following the stabbing and were due to appear before Glasgow Sheriff Court today in connection with the incident.

Meanwhile, another Donegal mother was giving thanks that her son's life was saved after he was shot with a crossbow in a separate attack.

Celtic fan Karl McGroarty pulled a crossbow bolt from his chest after being struck as he returned from the match with friends.

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