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Service held for Dugannon man Ian McCartney who died in quarry accident


The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident

The funeral has taken place of a man - described as "someone who cherished and respected everyone" - who died in a tragic quarry accident last Thursday.

Ian McCartney (35), from Dungannon, passed away from injuries he sustained in an accident at Termon Road Quarry, in Carrickmore, Co Tyrone.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident.

Among those who knew him well through his involvement with the Orange Order and Royal Black Institution was Ulster Unionist councillor Mark Glasgow, who said Mr McCartney was someone who saw positivity in everything.

"I first got to know Ian through the Orange and the Black but right from the first time I met him I could see the way he was someone who just lit up the room," he said.

"He was the kind of person who went out of his way to make sure the stranger felt welcome.

"He was always positive and in fact I can't recall a single time when I heard him say anything negative about anyone.

"He always saw the good in people, he was a great team player and cherished and respected everyone.

"One thing I will always remember about Ian is that he always had a smile on his face and that he was someone who had his family at the centre of everything.

"No one wants to hear of a sudden tragedy happening to anyone but to hear of Ian's sudden and untimely death has shocked and saddened so many of us who cannot pay our respects in the way we would like to because of the coronavirus restrictions."

Mr McCartney's wake and funeral was restricted to family only, including his widow Joy, parents Nigel and Olive, and step brothers, Stephen, Neil, Darren and Frazer.

DUP councillor Wilbert Buchanan said local people would keep the family in their thoughts and prayers despite not being able to attend either the wake or funeral.

He said: "The McCartney family is well known and highly respected and I know Ian was a hard working, industrious young man.

"His sudden and untimely death has shocked the local community, who will share the grief of the family and who in normal circumstances would have wanted to pay their respects in the traditional way of attending the wake and funeral.

"Nevertheless, I know the family will be in the thoughts and prayers of the everyone who knew this popular young man and I offer my own deepest condolences."

Belfast Telegraph