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Northern Ireland football club in tribute to fan Barrie Meneely killed in road crash

By Jonathan Bell

Dungannon Swifts Football club has paid tribute to one of their fans after he was killed in a road crash.

Barrie Meneely was killed in a road crash in Loughgall, Co Armagh on Friday.

The father of three was a supporter of Dungannon Swifts. On Friday evening, the club said the "Swifts family" had been left devastated after learning of his death.

In a tribute, the club spoke of how the 44-year-old was "over the moon" at seeing his beloved club lift its first major trophy just a couple of weeks ago.

"Barrie Meneely was the life and soul of every game as a supporter of DSFC," the club said.

"He enjoyed the ‘banter’ with home and away fans and many people will recognise him even if they didn’t know him.

"His young son, Alfie, lead the Swifts team out on the pitch as mascot at the Bet McLean League Cup Final v Ballymena. This was an extremely proud moment for Barrie and his wife Emma watching their wee man beaming with pride.

"Barrie was a proud and delighted Swifts fan that day, with his beloved club winning their first major trophy and also Alfie being a mascot brought him even more joy."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, especially to his wife Emma and three children, Alex, Charlotte and Alfie and to his father Johnny who attended all Swifts games with him, his mother Noleen and sister Toni."

Many from across the football family offered their condolences to Mr Meneely's family and Dungannon Swifts following the announcement of his passing.

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart described the news as "devastating," saying Mr Meneely was a "true gentleman".

"Hearts are broken in the community," she said.

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