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Europa Hotel remembers tragic Matthew Drumm

By Allan Preston

Published 27/02/2016

Matthew Drumm
Matthew Drumm
Matthew Drumm’s brother Kieran (right) and his parents Sean and Ann with the general manager of the Europa Hotel James McGinn at the launch of the Miles For Matty fundraising cycle in memory of Matthew

Belfast's Europa Hotel has held a special event in memory of a former member of staff who tragically took his own life in 2013.

Matthew Drumm, a hospitality student from Killyclogher in Co Tyrone, was just 22 when he died.

Yesterday his former colleagues and family members launched a student hospitality bursary with Ulster University in honour of his "passion for the industry".

A specially commissioned cycling jersey was also unveiled ahead of a fundraising run and cycle - Miles For Matty - in Omagh on May 21.

This adds to a new GAA football jersey for Matthew that was launched last week by three-time All-Ireland winning Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

James McGinn, the general manager of the Europa Hotel, said: "Matthew was not just my relative, he was a truly valued member of our team who is still so very missed by many of the hotel staff and customers.

"His tragic death, however, has meant life for others as, having joined the organ donor register, Matthew's heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas and liver were all donated to others."

The family, with the help of the Europa, Ulster University and the hospitality industry, is hoping to raise awareness of organ donation, suicide among young men and funds for the Northern Ireland Transplant Association.

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