Belfast Telegraph

Country star Carter pays tribute to Ryan McGovern (7) killed in car accident

By Laura Abernethy

Tributes have been paid to the "inspirational and aspirational" young boy who died after a car accident in Fermanagh on Sunday.

Ryan McGovern (7), was coming back from a visit to his grandmother's when he was hit by a car, near his home between Belcoo and Garrison. He died in hospital a short time later.

Yesterday, country singer Nathan Carter remembered the St Martin's Primary schoolboy who had recently appeared in one of his shows.

He said: "I'm so saddened to hear of the passing of young Ryan McGovern. Young Ryan was up on stage singing with me at my show in Enniskillen only recently. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved at this awful time. RIP."

Ryan was a keen boxer and Garrison Amateur Boxing Club, where he trained, said: "Ryan was an inspirational and aspirational young boy. He trained with gusto, had his techniques off to a tee and boxed with a smile on his face. Ryan had lightning speed, ferocious intensity and courageous tenacity in everything he did.

"He will be remembered fondly by his club mates for his endearing smile, which never left his face, his ability to put chat on anyone and also his trademark one-armed press-ups. Ryan will be dearly missed within our close-knit club. There will be a vacant place at training Ryan, our hearts are aching and we selfishly want you back but until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Until then Ryan, remember; stay on your toes, keep those gloves high and keep that jab going. Not that you needed to be told that. Rest in peace wee man."

Ryan also played GAA for St Mary's Devenish and he had recently lined out for their U8 team.

They said: "Ryan will be fondly remembered by his team-mates and coaches as a tigerish and fully committed forward who gave his all for his team.

"Our thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead are very much with all the families involved in this tragedy and with all in our community at this difficult time."

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