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Tyrone house blaze victim Adrian McCann a passionate GAA man

By Cate McCurry

Published 27/04/2016

Tributes: Adrian McCann
Tributes: Adrian McCann

A father-of-four killed in a fire at his home has been described as a man who had a great passion for Gaelic football.

Adrian McCann was found dead yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the house in Barrack Street, Coalisland, Co Tyrone, but the blaze was out when they arrived.

A spokesman for the PSNI said it is working to determine the cause of the tragedy.

Mr McCann's brother Seamus said he was a keen sportsman.

He said: "Adrian was a keen GAA member and played for Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys for many years when he was younger. He had been a referee on the Tyrone GAA board and in the earlier years he would have refereed the Tyrone games. He lived life as a keen sportsman.

"He had two sons and two daughters and they're very close. It was a complete shock."

Derrylaughan Kevin Barrys chair Bronagh Carney expressed the sadness of all at the club. She said: "Adrian represented the club as a player at both youth and senior level and he continued to serve the club when his own playing career had finished, travelling the length and breadth of the county to officiate in games as a referee. The McCann family have been stalwarts of the Derrylaughan club for decades.

"To Adrian's immediate family and to the wider McCann family circle we extend our sincerest condolences at this sad time."

A post-mortem examination will take place today to determine the cause of death.

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