Belfast Telegraph

Father's tribute to Rostrevor road death son Eoin

By Rebecca Black

The father of a 17-year-old boy who died in a horror car crash has said he would not wish his "awful" devastation on anyone.

Gerard Farrell from Rostrevor said his son, Eoin, loved to have fun and loved his job.

The teenager and his friend, James Miskelly, from Mayobridge, died following the crash just before midnight on Monday.

A third young man, Che Kane, was last night critically ill in Craigavon Hospital.

The trio had been travelling in a car on the Kilbroney Road from Hilltown to Rostrevor when the vehicle left the road.

It careered through the front garden of the home of an elderly lady, igniting an oil tank before coming to a rest upside down in a field some 50 metres from where it left the road.

The pensioner was treated for shock following the accident, which left several rooms in her house charred following the oil tank fire.

The three boys were friends from their school days at St Mark's High School in Rostrevor and had gone on to study apprenticeships in various trades.

The tragedy took place just a couple of miles from the home of Conall Haveron, a Queen's University student who was killed in a car crash on the A1 close to Banbridge as he travelled to Belfast with two friends just three weeks ago.

Last night, Eoin's father spoke of his devastation at his son's sudden death.

"Eoin was fun-loving, easy going and loved working," he told the BBC.

"He was working in Newry and training to be a lorry mechanic. He worked up there with his granddad. In the evenings, he was only in the house five minutes before he was out with James and Che working on cars or doing a bit of farming or fishing.

"He was always on the go, always enjoying life, always with his cheeky smile.

"There wasn't a bad bone in him. He was a great son, just a great, great son. We all loved him."

Mr Farrell said the crash was an awful tragedy which had come as a terrible shock to his family.

He also revealed how he heard the terrible news every parent dreads when he got a knock on the door at 4am on Tuesday.

"I was texting him and ringing him to see where he was (and ask if he) was coming home because he was going to tech on Tuesday morning with James in Armagh," Gerard said. "The week before, he stayed in James' house and I thought that's where he was going.

"I rang him at five to 12, and his phone was flat since eight o'clock. But then we got the knock at the door at five to four, and we knew something wasn't right."

Mr Farrell also expressed his sympathy to the families of the other victims killed and injured in the collision and said his "thoughts and prayers" were with them.

"An awful tragedy - I wouldn't wish it on anybody," he said.

Tributes have been paid to the boys by local GAA clubs and also from the Southern Regional College where they had been studying.

Chief executive of the college, Brian Doran, said staff and students were in shock.

"Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the Miskelly and Farrell families at this time," he added.

"Two young men cut down in the prime of their lives. It's been an absolute shock to everyone here at the college and, most notably, to their classmates."

Counselling and grief support has been offered to students who knew the boys.

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