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Antrim photographer died 'attempting risky picture' near Fanad Head Lighthouse in Co Donegal

By Nevin Farrell

An amateur photographer who fell to his death may have been trying to take a dramatic picture during stormy weather, friends believe.

Photographers at Antrim Camera Club have led tributes to John McCourt (58), who died tragically at the weekend doing what he loved best – snapping pictures.

Mr McCourt, from Antrim town's Greystone area, was killed on Sunday after falling while trying to snap the landmark Fanad Head Lighthouse in Co Donegal.

He was recovered from the sea and airlifted to Letterkenny Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He had a son, Christopher, and four grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been released.

Club member Brian Hennessy said: "Most people take their camera out on a good day, good photographers take them out on a bad day.

"That is because you are going to get pictures nobody else will. We are all shocked at his passing."

Mr McCourt, who was previously married, had been in a relationship for several years with his partner Sharon Green, who died earlier this year after battling cancer.

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