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Tyrone fan who drowned in Dublin is laid to rest

By Adrian Rutherford

A rural community came to a standstill yesterday as over 1,000 mourners gathered to pay their final respects to the Tyrone fan who drowned in Dublin's River Liffey.

Aidan Mullan was walking along the riverside when it is believed he lost his footing and plunged into the water during the early hours of last Sunday morning, July 31.

The 35-year-old, who was originally from Tattyreagh outside Omagh, had been in Dublin to watch his beloved Tyrone footballers play Roscommon at Croke Park.

Friends and relatives packed St Davog's chapel in Dromore for his funeral. Among the mourners were two men who jumped into the water to try and rescue him, and who travelled from Dublin for the Requiem Mass.

In his homily, parish priest Fr Patrick MacEntee described how the tragedy had evoked enormous sorrow across the west Tyrone community.

Aidan had married his wife Nicola in August last year and the couple were due to celebrate their first anniversary next week. "His wedding a year ago was the highlight of his life," Fr MacEntee told mourners.

"He hadn't looked forward to the hullabaloo of the wedding but he loved Nicola and he knew that in her he had found someone whom he would always love and who would always love him."

Fr MacEntee said their love would transcend even death itself.

He described Aidan as a diligent and dedicated worker who was very skilled at his job as a joiner.

A lifelong GAA fan, Aidan had played for all levels of the Tattyreagh St Patrick's club, and was a member of its 1988 league-winning team.

"Aidan was a man who liked company and he liked people and they liked him," Fr MacEntee added.

"He loved the football - playing it, following it and arguing over it."

Aidan is survived by his parents Michael and Mary, and siblings Martin, Mairead, Sean, Barry, Declan and Paula.

Following the service he was buried in the adjoining cemetery.

At the weekend gardai made an appeal for information about the events leading to his death.

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