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Man killed by car was due to go on holidays

By Claire Williamson

A young man who died after he was struck by a car has been described as a "brilliant lad" by one of his closest friends, who was due to go on holiday with him next weekend.

Ciaran Feeney (21) from the Tamnaherin area, near Eglinton, was killed on the Glenshane Road in Londonderry close to the junction of the Drumahoe Road at around 1.50am on Sunday.

He was returning from a night out with friends when the incident happened. Ciaran lived with his mother Marie and is survived by two brothers, one of whom lives in Australia.

He was due to go on holiday this Saturday to Ibiza with four of his friends.

A valued member of the Slaughtmanus GAA club, he had attended a get-together at the clubhouse on Saturday night. Ciaran had been a member of the club since he was around eight years old.

One of his closest friends, Aaron Deery (20), who was with him just a short while before he set off to walk home after the night out, paid tribute to him.

He said: "It was an awful shock when I got the call this morning. I just couldn't believe it. He was just a brilliant lad, full of craic.

"We were really looking forward to going to Ibiza this Saturday. One of the last things he said to me was he had everything ready to go and all he had to do was pack his bags."

Tributes to Ciaran were posted on his Facebook page. Kevin McWilliams said: "Rest in peace lad. You will be missed terribly. Heartbreaking to say the least."

Carrie Boyle said: "Can't believe the news – you truly were one of the best. Such a gentleman and always had a smile on your face."

The GAA club chairman Edward Deery described Ciaran as an "easy-going fella who enjoyed life and sport".

"Everyone in the club knew him – he was part of the community," he added. Mr Deery said the GAA club would rally around the family to help them in the coming days.

SDLP councillor Jim McKeever said: "I pass on my condolences to the family at this time. It's another young life lost."

Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the accident or anyone who was travelling on the Glenshane Road at the time to contact them. Detectives also want to hear from anyone who saw a young man wearing a grey hooded top and blue jeans walking along the footpath or road.

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