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Tragic Jolene's sons get VIP treatment at Swifts game

By Adrian Rutherford

A football club has made a big-hearted gesture to two young boys who lost their mother earlier this year.

Jolene O'Hagan collapsed and died from a pulmonary embolism in July. The 23-year-old, from Cookstown, was a Dungannon Swifts supporter.

On Tuesday night the club invited her fiance Johnathan Smyth and sons Alfie and Theo to their league game against Crusaders.

Accompanied by family members including their grandmother Fiona and grandfather Andy, the boys were presented with a full Dungannon Swifts strip with the word 'Mummy' and No1 on the back.

And they were also honoured to be mascots for the team.

Prior to kick-off the boys were invited on to the pitch at Stangmore Park to join some players and have a kick-about.

Later they met Northern Ireland international and former Swifts player Niall McGinn, who was at the game. The boys were also given a gift by referee Raymond Crangle.

Johnathan said: "The boys had an amazing time and haven't stopped talking about the occasion at all.

"Wee Alfie went into school yesterday and he couldn't wait to tell all of his friends about where he had been and what he'd been doing the night before.

"From the moment we walked into Stangmore Park on Tuesday night, we felt just at home. We were all welcomed with open arms and the treatment we received was nothing short of superb.

"Jolene will be looking down proud of her two boys and proud of her football club too."

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