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Tributes to Northern Ireland father-of-three 'go-to man' Barry McQuaid killed in workplace incident

By Jonathan Bell

Tributes have been paid to the Northern Ireland man killed in a workplace accident on a Fermanagh building site.

Father-of-three Barry McQuaid died in an incident at Market Street in the village of Ederney, around 15 miles north of Enniskillen on Friday morning. He had been working on a site at the local GAA club.

The 34-year-old was from Dromore, Co Tyrone.

He was described as a "hardworking, family-oriented" and the community's "go to man".

Dromore parish priest Father Patrick MacEntee told the Belfast Telegraph: "Barry was a very highly respected man, a nice fellow and an excellent trades man. He was a great worker and had a tremendous work ethic.

"He was very committed to his family and to his work. He was never idle, always doing something day or night. In his past time he loved to farm.

Mr McQuaid was a father to three children between the ages of seven and 14 months and husband to Edel. He worked alongside his father Noel in the family constriction firm.

"In a rural community everyone knows about it and an event like this strikes home very forcefully. His family and indeed the entire community feel this in a very acute way," the priest continued.

"Every parish has it's 'go to man' - someone that can be relied upon to help out and fix things - Barry was that man.

"His father Noel, mother Patricia, wife Edel, his grandmother and the entire family are just devastated. He was devoted to them all.

"This death has been very keenly felt and everyone is very saddened for his family."

Requiem Mass for Mr McQuaid will take place on Tuesday at St Davog's, Dromore.

The air ambulance and paramedics were scrambled to the scene following the incident on Friday.  The Health and Safety Executive has opened an investigation.

Fermanagh and Omagh SDLP councillor John Coyle described the news as "devastating".

He added: "No words can describe what this poor man's family must be going through.

"Ederney is a small village and everybody knows everybody.

"I want to send my deepest condolences to the family. I know that the close-knit community of Ederney will rally round and support the grieving family in the best way that they can."

Fermanagh and South Tyrone UUP MLA Rosemary Barton added: "This is truly heartbreaking news

"The community is united in grief. No family ever wants to receive this devastating news, and my thoughts and prayers go out to them at this difficult time."

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