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Father-of-four who died in Enniskillen workplace incident remembered for his 'generosity of spirit'

The community have said they are "numb and devastated" by the news

By Claire Williamson

Published 02/10/2015

Damian McGovern. DP27
Damian McGovern. DP27

Tributes have been paid to a father-of-four who died in a workplace incident in Co Fermanagh remembering his "immense generosity of spirit".

Damian McGovern, aged in his late 40s, died following an incident in the Ely Lodge area of Enniskillen on Friday morning.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service was called just after 10am and took Mr McGovern to the South West Acute Hospital.

Damian leaves behind his wife and their four children.

The community, in which he played a prominent role, has been rocked by the news of his death and been left "numb and devastated" by the news.

He had been passionately involved with the Fermanagh GAA all of his life and held many roles within the Derrygonnelly Harps.

Paying an emotional tribute to him PRO of the Derrygonnellly Harps, Brendan Rasdale said Damian will be remembered of his "modesty and immense generosity of spirit".

He said: "We are just numb at the minute because we have lost one of our absolute driving forces.

"Damian McGovern was the chairperson of our youth committee, he was our minor team manager, he was on our general club committee and he also would have helped out at our weekly coaching sessions with our younger players.

"That job list alone doesn't even do enough service to what a driving force he was in our club. He just got things done and brought other people with him

"He was a leader, he had great skills in bringing people with him and getting things done."

Brendan said he is still in shock at the news.

"At the minute you are alright for a few minutes and then you stop and you start crying again", he said.

"It's just devastation for our club at the minute."

Damian was described as "modest with an immense generosity of spirit".

Brendan said: "He was very modest. He was too busy to ever think about how well he had done.

"He was a very straight and honest person. That was just him. He just had an immense generosity of spirit. An example of this was after we won with the minors, what became quite infamous, was  if we had a brilliant win we would stop in Enniskillen, and we'd be in McDonald's and he would pay for a meal for the boys on the way home.

"There was just such warmth about him.

"If we had a really good win, Damian would be under pressure to buy the McFlurries on the way home - and he would deliver."

Brendan added: "He had a bond with the youngsters in our club and now that it's broken we are just devastated."

Fermanagh County Board have postponed this weekend's senior county final between Derrygonnelly and Roslea to Sunday October 11 as a mark of respect.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland is investigating what happened.

A spokeswoman said: "Our thoughts are with the family at this most difficult time."

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