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Funeral to be held for Fermanagh man Conall McAleer killed in Donegal crash

By Gerry McLaughlin

Hundreds of mourners are expected to pack into St Joseph's Church in Ederney today to bid a sad farewell to Fermanagh man Conall McAleer.

From Boa Island Road in Kesh, Conall died in the same road crash that claimed the life of Shiva Devine.

He was a past pupil of St Joseph's Primary School in Ederney and St Michael's College in Enniskillen.

St Michael's principal Mark Henry told the Belfast Telegraph yesterday: "Conall left the school in 2014 after completing his GSCEs.

"He was a very able student but he never made any secret of the fact that his career would involve farming and machinery, which he loved.

"He was always very clear that he was not going down an academic route and wouldn't be staying on to complete his A-levels.

"He was a hugely popular young lad amongst his peers, both with pupils and staff, with a wide circle of friends."

"Conall represented St Michael's in Gaelic football and I coached him myself on some school teams.

"He was a traditional corner back who wouldn't have taken any prisoners on the field."

Ederney parish priest, Fr Frank McManus, added: "The events of Sunday night have shocked everyone in this close-knit rural community."

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