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Heartbreak over Northern Ireland man's death on Ibiza, as claims surface of beating by Spanish police

By Rebecca Black

Published 22/07/2015

Alan Drennan died during a holiday on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. The cause of his death is not yet known
Alan Drennan died during a holiday on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. The cause of his death is not yet known

The heartbroken father of a young man found dead in Ibiza said his son was a "fantastic lad with a bright future". Alan Drennan (21) from Glengormley on the outskirts of north Belfast was found in his hotel room on just the second day of his two-week holiday to the Spanish holiday island with a group of friends.

Claims surfaced last night from the friends that Mr Drennan had told them he was beaten by Spanish police after being escorted off the plane as he arrived.

It was said this followed a complaint about him shouting to his pals, who were sitting separately from him on the flight. Mr Drennan's friends said he was questioned by Spanish police and later showed his pals a gash on his head as evidence of a beating. He was holidaying with a group of 10 others but had been staying in a different hotel.

They now suspect that he may have suffered a concussion and died alone in his room.

It is understood the Spanish authorities are still investigating what happened, including whether Alan suffered a head injury.

The young man's father, Alan senior, has spoken about the heartache of losing the son he termed his "mini-me", and revealed he had almost finished his apprenticeship as a mechanic and was making plans to move to Australia.

Alan's father told of how excited his son had been to go on holiday to Ibiza. "We are breaking our hearts. We just can't understand why," Mr Drennan (below) said.

"Alan was called after me and he was just mini-me. He was Alan junior. He was me all over and, boy, will I miss him.

"I'd left him to the airport at 5pm on Saturday evening and that's the last I seen of my son. He was so buzzing, he'd been in the house since 2pm with his friends having a 'do', carrying on and getting pizza.

"All 11 of them were ready to fly off to where he always wanted to go for his holiday, because he loved music."

Alan, a former pupil of Glengormley High School, had been working for the Glasgow-based company SGL Security, which employs door supervisors.

Tributes have been flooding social media to the popular young man.

His brother Lee posted that he had "lost a massive part of my life, my wee bro".

Yesterday, Lee thanked all those who had shown his family support, adding that he was still finding it really hard to accept what has happened.

"Brilliant respect for a bearded hero," he posted.

Alan senior revealed that his son had big plans for his future.

"He was doing his apprenticeship in Volvo and only had a year left," he said.

"He did security at weekends, he was a doorman, and worked all the hours God gave. He was just a super wee lad, straight as a die, everybody loved him because he was so straight.

"His mate in Australia had a job for him and he had everything to go far, he had big, big plans. It's so, so hard. It's killing us. It really is. It's going to be even harder when he does come home."

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