Newry teacher Eamonn Morgan and Charlotte Sant dies in Qatar dune buggy accident
A Newry teacher and his English girlfriend have been tragically killed in a horror dune buggy accident in Qatar.
Eamonn Morgan (24) and Charlotte Sant, who are both PE teachers, were enjoying a day out with friends when the tragedy occurred.
Newry independent councillor Kevin McAteer, a family friend of Mr Morgan, said the community was was in shock following the double tragedy.
Two other friends who were also visiting from Ireland went on the sand dune trip and were injured in the crash.
They are being treated in hospital in the Qatari capital Doha and are both said to be stable.
Said Mr McAteer: "I knew Eamonn personally, it is a real shock to me and the community.
"He was a great lad, very well thought of around here, as are his family.
"It is a massive shock as you can imagine."
Mr McAteer, who knows the family, said Mr Morgan was originally from Derrybeg Villas.
"He used to play Gaelic for Bosco," he said.
"Most people were told on Saturday. Eamonn was 24. He has been out there for a while.
"I know the Morgan family very well and I have some fond memories of Eamonn, but let's not forget about the family of Charlotte who has also passed away.
"They were so young and full of life. My thoughts and prayers are with both families at this sad time.
"Heaven has gained two angels, may they rest in peace."
Mr Morgan and his partner had moved to Doha in the last year and were both working there as teachers.
They met a number of years earlier while studying in Manchester.
A keen GAA footballer, Eamonn played with several GAA clubs at home, in the UK and more recently with Qatar GAA.
Ms Sant had also recently taken up the sport with the Qatar club.
In a statement last night Qatar GAA chairperson Peter Crowe said they mourned the loss with a "heavy heart".
He said: "For the Irish abroad, a GAA club can offer much more than the team.
"It offers a sense of community, a sense of family, a home away from home, and Qatar GAA is no different.
"It's with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of two of our members, two of our friends, two of our family.
"I had the privilege of playing with Eamonn for the past year, an absolute gent, never to be seen without a smile on his face and the definition of a 'character' as we'd say back home."
He described Charlotte as a "sweet girl".
The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin confirmed they are providing consular assistance to Mr Morgan's family.
The Bosco GAA Facebook page said yesterday: "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to the Morgan & Madden families, to their friends and to Eamonn's Bosco teammates on the tragic news which we received last night.
"Rest in peace, Eamonn & Charlotte." The Newry and Armagh Sinn Fein MP Mickey Brady offered his condolences to the families.
He said: "Once again a dark shadow hangs over our city with the news of the tragic death of popular local lad Eamonn Morgan and his partner Charlotte.
"Our prayers are at this time with both sets of families and friends of the deceased as they try to come to terms with this terrible news."