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Coalisland assault victim James McDonagh laid to rest

Published 17/01/2016

The funeral of James McDonagh in Coalisland today
The funeral of James McDonagh in Coalisland today
The funeral of James McDonagh in Coalisland
The funeral of James McDonagh in Coalisland

Hundreds of mourners turned out to say a final farewell to James McDonagh who died after being assaulted outside a bar in Toomebridge last Sunday.

The 28-year-old died in hospital on Monday from head injuries.

It has been reported that Mr McDonagh is from the Travelling community.

Father Paul Byrne told the congregation at Sunday's funeral in Coalisland that Mr McDonagh's life had ended too soon.

"His young life [was] cut so short in tragic circumstances that should have been and could have been avoided," Fr Byrne added.

"Life is precious, too precious to be cast aside so easily, so vicariously."

Many cars and vans belonging to those attending the funeral were decorated with pictures of Mr McDonagh.

The 33-year-woman who was released on bail in connection with his death had been detained in Banbridge, County Down, on Saturday morning and was questioned on suspicion of withholding information.

A 24-year-old man appeared in court on Thursday charged with murder.

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