Harbour worker Kevin McGeough's death an absolute tragedy, says GAA club
A man who died in an accident at Warrenpoint Harbour will be "greatly missed", a member of his local Gaelic club has said.
Kevin McGeough, from Rostrevor, lost his life on Thursday, leaving the Co Down village in shock.
It is believed that the married father-of-three was crushed by a loading shovel.
Warrenpoint Port chief executive Clare Guinness confirmed that a full investigation will take place.
Mr McGeough, who is believed to have worked at the harbour for several decades, was a volunteer barman in St Bronagh's GAA Rostrevor social club.
Club chairman Ciaran Sloan said that when members heard the news of the 59-year-old's death, they "just couldn't believe it".
"It's an absolute tragedy," Mr Sloan said.
"He was very well known around the club because he would have worked around the bar in the social club at various points in his life.
"The family are well known around Rostrevor and he's a well known man in the area too. He'll be greatly missed."
Posting on its Facebook page, St Bronagh's GAA club passed on its sympathies to Mr McGeough's family and work colleagues and described it as an "extremely sad time for all".
Meanwhile, neighbouring club St Peter's, Warrenpoint, added: "We pass on our deepest sympathies to our friends in Rostrevor GAA, to our neighbours in Warrenpoint Port and Warrenpoint Harbour Authority and to the entire McGeough family on this unthinkable tragedy.
"May Kevin rest in peace, Mary Queen of the Gael's pray for him."
It is understood Thursday's fatality was the first at the busy port.
A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesperson said it had received a 999 call at 2.32pm on Thursday relating to an incident in Warrenpoint.
One emergency crew was dispatched to the scene.
"Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, no-one w2as transferred to hospital," the spokesperson said.
The Northern Ireland Health and Safety Executive said: "HSENI is aware of the incident at Warrenpoint Harbour, and making enquiries."
The PSNI also attended the scene of the tragedy.
Speaking after Mr McGeough's death, local councillor Jarlath Tinnelly, who lives in Rostrevor, said: "Kevin was a highly regarded, hard working man from a well-respected family."
Mr McGeough's remains will repose at his home until Monday morning, when there will be a private service. The funeral Mass for Mr McGeough will take place on Monday at 11am in St Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Rostrevor, before interment in Kilbroney Cemetery.
Mr McGeough is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Kevin and John, daughter Gerardine and grandson Callum.
He will also be remembered by his brothers Gerard and Oliver, sisters Marie, Rosaleen, Bernadette and Veronica, son-in-law James, daughters-in-law Martina and Corrina and the entire family circle.
Donations in lieu of flowers have been requested to go to the Southern Area Hospice, Newry, c/o McAnulty Funeral Directors 35, Church Street, Warrenpoint BT34 3HN.
Warrenpoint Harbour is Northern Ireland's second largest port.
It handled 3.6million tonnes of cargo last year, and had a turnover of £6.1m.
It employs around 70 people, with approximately 200 more working in the harbour estate.