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Tributes paid to DJ killed in road smash

By Brendan McDaid

Tributes have been paid to a 25-year-old man who lost his life in a road crash close to where his cousin was killed two decades ago.

Shane McMonagle, a well-known DJ in the north west region, was travelling along the Greencastle Road in Moville, Co Donegal, at around 4.25am yesterday when his silver Peugeot left the road and struck a telegraph pole.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Two eyewitnesses called the emergency services shortly after the crash.

Mr McMonagle, a former pupil at Carndonagh National School, was pronounced dead at the scene and his remains were removed to Letterkenny General Hospital yesterday.

It is understood he had been on a fishing expedition to Killybegs in the south west of the county over the past few days and had not long returned home.

The road tragedy is the latest in a series over the past decade in the Inishowen peninsula in which young people have lost their lives.

Twenty years ago Shane’s cousin Mark McMonagle was killed near the same spot.

The young boy was walking alongside the road when he was hit by a car.

Fr Patrick McGoldrick from the Moville parish was among those comforting Shane’s heartbroken relatives yesterday.

He said the tight-knit community had been left shocked by the tragedy.

“As you would expect in a small town like Moville, there is a great sense of sadness and shock at the death of someone so young,” he said.

“A lot of people are rallying around the family, including his friends, to provide support for them at this time.”

One local man who knows the family well said people were stunned at the double tragedy they have had to endure.

“It is so sad,” he said.

“Our thoughts are with the family. Everybody is just stunned by it,” he added.

Shane performed under the name Ganix LaMacka and many of his self-crafted house music tunes have received airplay on various radio stations.

Numerous tributes were posted on the Facebook profile of the popular young DJ as news of his death filtered out into the community.

Friends variously described him as “a proper gent”, “a talent lost”, “a great person to know” and the “biggest Chelsea fan around”.

One wrote: “Can't believe it. So sad, sleep well Shane.”

While a another stated: “God’s looking a new resident DJ up there man. RIP.”

Meanwhile the main road between Greencastle and Moville remained closed into yesterday evening with traffic diversions in place.

Forensic collision investigators were seen combing the scene.

Gardai have appealed for any witnesses to contact Buncrana station on (00353) 7493 20540 or confidentially on 1800 666 111.

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