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Alan Drennan memorial bench unveiled on anniversary of death in Ibiza

Published 19/07/2016

A special bench has been unveiled in memory of a 21-year-old man from Newtownabbey one-year on from his death in Ibiza.

Alan Drennan (21) died last July in controversial circumstances.

Friends who accompanied him to the Spanish island claim he suffered head injuries after being hit by officers from the Guardia Civil at the airport.

Mr Drennan went out partying with his friends after the incident but was found dead in his hotel room the next day.

Despite investigations and the post-mortem it is still unclear exactly how Alan died.

On Tuesday morning friends and family gathered to dedicate a bench at Lough Shore park in Jordanstown in his memory.

Tonight, lanterns will be released in tribute to him as well as trees being planted in the area in tribute to the young man.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph Alan's heartbroken father said they are still searching for answers.

"You don't realise how precious something is until you lose it. I wouldn't wish what we are going through on anyone.

"Every single day, all you think about is that he is not here, that he is not with you. We miss him so much. It was my birthday in May, and it was the worst day of my life. I cried my heart out.

"Verona is in a terrible way, God love her. She just can't get her head around it at all. It is a terrible thing to be lying in bed at night listening to your wife crying, and yet there is nothing that you can do about it."

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