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Father's heartbreaking tribute to 'fantastic' son who died on holiday in Ibiza

'He's not coming home the way we want him. It's so so hard'

By Claire Williamson

The father of a young man who died while on holiday in Ibiza has spoken of his pride for his son who he described as a "lovely young lad to know".

Alan Drennan from Glengormley had been holidaying with friends on the Mediterranean party island. The 21-year-old passed away on Sunday just hours after arriving.

Speaking tearfully his father Alan Snr said their hearts are breaking as they struggle to come to terms with the loss.

He said: "I left him to the airport at 5pm on Saturday evening and the flight left at 7 and that's the last I seen of my son."

"He was so buzzing, he had been here since about 2pm with his friends having a bit of a do they were carrying on and eating pizza all 11 of them ready to fly off,

"It's where he always wanted to go for his holiday because he loved music.

"He loved music and you'd have heard him from the bottom of the street before you seen him in his wee car coming home at night," he told Cool FM.

The cause of Mr Drennan's death is not yet known and his father said an autopsy was carried out on Monday. Mr Drennan said he expects his son's remains to be returned home in seven to ten days.

He said: "It's killing us. It's going to be even harder when he does come home.

"He was a fantastic lad. He was serving his apprentice in Volvo and had only a year left.

"He did security at weekends, he was a doorman and worked all hours God gave."

He continued: "He was just a super wee lad. He was straight as a die, everybody loved him."

Mr Drennan said his son had a big circle of friends and that there had been another 15 friends due to meet them on holiday this weekend.

"The amount of friends he has, people usually run about in twos or threes, with Alan it was dozens.

"There were 11 of them went and I think another 15 going out this weekend."

Mr Drennan tearfully described his son as a "super child" and told how he had been planning to decorate his room for his son coming home from holiday.

He added: "He loves his cars and it was all arranged to have his car valeted for him coming home and he's not coming home the way we want him. It's so so hard.

"He had everything to go for, to come home to. Big plans.

"A super wee lad. A lovely young lad to know and proud to have him called after me because he was just mini-me. Just a wee Alan junior just me all over and boy will I miss him."

Tributes have been pouring in to social media for the former pupil of Glengormley High School. He had worked for the Glasgow-based firm SGL Security, which employs door supervisors.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British citizen in Ibiza on 19 July.

"We have been liaising closely with the Spanish authorities, and are providing support to the family at this difficult time."

Alan's grieving brother Lee shared his pain and sadness in a heartfelt message on Facebook.

"Nothing is promised to no one, appreciate everything in life because you never know when it can be taken from you.

"I've learnt this the hard way as I've lost a massive part of my life, my wee bro," he wrote.

"After 21 years of listening to his voice every day and always having him to go to if I ever needed anything or vice versa, to be told I'll never have that again is the hardest thing I've ever been through.

"I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers for me and my family, also their respect for him. He was one of a kind and it's nice to see so many think so highly of him. Thank you.

"I love you so much Alan. Always."

Lee also placed a poem on a Facebook page dedicated to his younger brother's memory.

"Beloved brother,

Our hearts still ache in sadness

and secret tears still flow

What it meant to lose you

No one will ever know."

There were more than 200 messages of condolence below Lee Drennan's tribute to his brother.

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