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Family 'shocked and devastated' after teen killed in head-on collision

Parish Priest Fr Noel McGahan has been consoling Mr Mahoney's family. (stock photo)
Parish Priest Fr Noel McGahan has been consoling Mr Mahoney's family. (stock photo)
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who lost his life in a road traffic collision outside Omagh on Sunday evening.

Ryan Mahoney (17), from Augher, Co Tyrone, was a passenger in a black Audi car involved in a head-on collision with a white Mercedes on the Clanabogan Road.

Parish Priest Fr Noel McGahan has been consoling Mr Mahoney's family.

He said: "The family are understandable deeply shocked and devastated by what has happened, as is the whole community.

"It is horrendous, we are all in a state of shock, particularly for his family, who are very well known in the local area.

"There are no words that anyone can say that will give comfort at this time, words are inadequate during such a tragedy.

"We can only be with them and pray for them, that's all we can do."

Ryan was a past pupil of St Ciaran's College, Ballygawley, which paid tribute to him on social media.

In a short statement, the school said: "All at St Ciaran's deeply regret the sad news of the untimely passing of our former pupil Ryan Mahoney and offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. St Ciaran, pray for him."

West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan said his thoughts are with the family and all those involved in the crash.

He said: "This is a tragic and painful loss of young life. The Mahoney family are widely known and respected business people. This is truly devastating for the entire family circle and community throughout Tyrone.

"My thoughts are with Ryan's parents and all who are suffering the pain of this terrible loss of young life. To lose a young man with so much to give to his family and his community in these circumstances is absolutely heartbreaking.

"I know the whole community will offer them our support in the days and weeks ahead.

"My prayers are with the others involved in this collision."

Three other people, a man and two women who were in the Audi were taken to hospital along with the female driver of the other vehicle. Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening at present.

Sinn Fein MP Orflhlaith Begley also expressed her condolences. She said: "My thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the young man who died at this sad time.

"Hopefully the other people injured in this incident can make a full recovery as soon as possible."

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