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Family and Friends attend the Funeral of Connor Marron at St Mary’s Church in Portglenone on Tuesday, who died after being struck by a train in London.

Family and Friends attend the Funeral of Connor Marron at St Mary’s Church in Portglenone on Tuesday, who died after being struck by a train in London.

Tragedy: A smiling Connor Marron. Credit: Family Handout/PA

Tragedy: A smiling Connor Marron. Credit: Family Handout/PA

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Connor Marron, 19, originally from Ahoghill in Co. Antrim, died in the incident at Hornsey Station in the early hours of Sunday, January 2. It is believed he had travelled to London with friends to watch the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Connor Marron, 19, originally from Ahoghill in Co. Antrim, died in the incident at Hornsey Station in the early hours of Sunday, January 2. It is believed he had travelled to London with friends to watch the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

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Family and Friends attend the Funeral of Connor Marron at St Mary’s Church in Portglenone on Tuesday, who died after being struck by a train in London.

The funeral of Co Antrim GAA and snooker star Connor Marron has taken place in Portglenone after the 19-year-old tragically died in a train accident on January 2.

Described as a “multi-talented and gifted sportsman” Connor, who was from Ahoghill, is understood to have been struck by a train close to Hornsey Railway Station in London when he visited the city to attend the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace earlier this month.

Friends and family of the university student gathered at St Mary’s Church in Portglenone on Tuesday 11 January for his funeral mass. He was buried at Aughnahoy cemetery afterwards.

At the beginning of the mass his little sister Caoimhe presented photographs and some of his sports jerseys and shirts.

Parish priest of St Mary’s Church, who was conducting the mass, Fr Curran, said that it was “a sad day for our whole parish.”

“It is news that every parent dreads that would ever come to their door that their child has died,” he said.

“In a sense we are all sharing in the pain with you and the shock you are experiencing.”

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He extended his sympathies to Connor’s family including his parents and grandparents as well as to his girlfriend Eva and friend Oisin who was with him in London when he died.

Connor had represented Roger Casements GAC in Portglenone and had been tipped to play senior football. He was also a talented snooker player, winning the U16 Northern Ireland Snooker Championship at the age of 12.

Martin Kearney, club secretary of Roger Casements GAC, paid tribute to Connor during the requiem mass.

He thanked those in attendance for the opportunity to “reflect on someone so special and so loved.”

Mr Kearney said that Connor grew up around the Co Antrim club “since he was no age” as the son of former chairman, manager and underage coach Fergal Marron.

“He was never far away from his father Fergal, or the action either,” he said.

“We were all on first name terms with Connor, he might as well have been on the committee we often said.”

Mr Kearney said that Connor enjoyed much success as both a player at underage level and eventually as team captain through the juvenile ranks representing Sean Stinson’s and Roger Casements GAC. His favourite position was centre forward.

“He was awarded under 14 player of the year in 2016 and one highlight in 2015 was when he captained the Sean Stinson’s Óg Sport team, the Antrim champions that year which competed in the All-Ireland Series in Donegal,” said the club secretary.

“In 2020 he played both at under 20 and senior reserve levels but a leg injury would bring his season to a close. There is little doubt that his ambition one day would be to become a senior player for Casements.”

Along with football, snooker was Connors other passion. He excelled at this, winning numerous tournaments including the U16 Northern Ireland Snooker Championship at age 12. His highest snooker break was 146.

He also represented the Northern Ireland Pool Association at both national and international level.

“At the game of pool he particularly enjoyed winning hands down after relieving family and friends of their well-earned cash,” joked Mr Kearney.

“His friends say he really enjoyed the celebrity status that followed the game of snooker.”

He described Connor as a “multi-talented sportsman” and said that the family have been inundated by “glowing tributes” paid from a number of Billiards and Pool associations as well as GAA and Camogie clubs right across the island of Ireland.

“He has been described as a great person, a great footballer and a lovely young fella who lit up the room, had a great sense of humour and touched the lives of many who knew him,” said Mr Kearney.

A letter from Connor’s cousin, Sam, who lives in England was also read at the mass.

He said that Connor was a person he “loved and respected” and that despite only seeing him for a few weeks every year, “the conversation always flowed as if we have been talking the day before.”

“When we were children Connor and I would run around the fields and cause mischief to our parents,” Sam had written.

“We played pool and he must have beat me over 200 times, he showed no mercy!”

Mr Kearney concluded: “We pass on our sympathies to the Marron and Doherty families on this tragic loss. And we will rally as best as possible in the days and months ahead especially in these difficult times.

“We also remember the deceased members of our clubs at this time. A thiarna dean trocaire air. Go raibh maith agat.”

A former pupil at St Mary’s Primary School and St Louis Grammar School in Ballymena Connor was a second-year student at Ulster University studying human resources at the time of his death.

Mr Marron is survived by his father Fergal, mother Sharon, sister Caoimhe and wider family circle. The family asked for donations in lieu of flowers to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.


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