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Australia tragedy pair Gerard Bradley and Joe McDermott to be buried

By Staff Reporter

Published 04/12/2015

Joe McDermott (left) Gerard Bradley (right)
Joe McDermott (left) Gerard Bradley (right)
Joe McDermott from Omagh
Gerard Bradley
Joe McDermott

Two young Northern Ireland men who died in a building site tragedy in Australia will be laid to rest in the coming days.

Gerard Bradley (29), from Coleraine, and Joe McDermott (24), from Omagh, died after a concrete slab fell on them as they worked in east Perth.

Mr Bradley will be buried tomorrow in Coleraine following Requiem Mass at St Malachy’s Church. A celebration of his life will be held at Portstewart Golf Club in the evening.

Mr McDermott’s funeral will take place at Sacred Heart Church in Omagh on Monday.

His family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers to the Claddagh Association in Perth or the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund.

Both organisations were heavily involved in supporting the men’s heartbroken families since last week’s tragedy.

Mr McDermott moved to Australia to begin a new life just weeks before the tragedy. His parents, Tommy and Donna, and sister, Lauren, said: “We are devastated by Joe’s death. We will always remember him as the bright and bubbly young man that he was.

An investigation into the accident is underway.

Meanwhile, the funeral has taken place of another young man who died in Australia. Alan Haughey (28), from Craigavon, had recently moved to Perth when his life was tragically cut short in a car accident last month. He was laid to rest yesterday following Requiem Mass at St Anthony’s Church.

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