Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Man who died outside nightclub to be buried

Family and friends of the Co Antrim man who died outside a nightclub in England are due to say a final farewell at the 30-year-old's funeral later today.



Michael Duffin, who is originally from Ballycastle, was found lying unconscious outside the late-night venue in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne on August 25.

Paramedics treated him at the scene of the incident, which occurred in Carliol Square, but he died hours later at Newcastle General Hospital.

Mr Duffin, a former pupil at Cross and Passion College in Ballycastle, had been living and working in Newcastle for several years.

It is understood his funeral will take place at West Road Crematorium in Newcastle today.

His ashes will then be buried in the family plot in the graveyard beside St Patrick's and St Brigit's Catholic church in Ballycastle.

Mr Duffin's parents, Brian, a former Housing Executive employee, and Deidre, a retired teacher, were on holiday in France when they were told of his death.

His uncle Kevin described him as a "very amiable young fellow", who worked in sales and marketing.

"Michael was full of life, full of fun and lived life to the full basically," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"He wouldn't do anybody a bad turn - he was the life and soul of the party, so to speak."

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