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Funeral to be held for teenager Michael Og McKenna who was first person to die on Northern Ireland's in 2020

Michael Og McKenna
Michael Og McKenna
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

The funeral of a teenager who was Northern Ireland's first road death victim of 2020 will be held tomorrow.

Michael Og McKenna (19), a trainee electrician from the Maghera area, was killed in the early hours of Wednesday when a red Audi he was driving collided with a grey Audi on the Moneysharvan Road.

The female driver of the other car and two teenage passengers were also taken to hospital for their injuries.

The tragedy came three weeks after the young man's grandfather, Patrick McGoldrick, also passed away.

A family notice said he was the beloved son of Angela and Josie and the much loved brother of Dominic.

His remains will leave his late residence on the Tamneymullan Lane in Maghera at 10.15am tomorrow for 11am Requiem Mass in St Patrick's Church, Glen.

Burial will be held immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Donations to Leukaemia Research, c/o the family, have been requested in place of flowers.

A statement from Mr McKenna's former school, St Patrick's College in Maghera, said his death had caused "profound sadness".

"Michael Og will be sorely missed by his family and friends," the tribute read.

"Our thoughts and prayers are also with two current Year 12 pupils who were injured, and everyone affected by this terrible tragedy."

Police have appealed for any witnesses of the crash to call 101, quoting reference 460 of 01/01/20.

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