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Tributes to popular dad Barry McQuaid who died in construction site accident

By Cate McCurry

The heartbroken family of a father-of-three killed in a workplace accident in Co Fermanagh is preparing for his funeral tomorrow.

Barry McQuaid died in an incident on a site at the Ederney GAA club on Friday morning.

It's understood he was fatally injured following an incident involving a digger at Market Street in the village.

The funeral for the 34-year-old will take place tomorrow in his home parish of St Davog's in Dromore.

Mr McQuaid was a husband to Edel and father to three children - Tess, Tommy and Sadie - who were between the ages of seven and 14 months.

He worked alongside his father Noel in the family construction firm.

Dromore Comhaltas (CCE) paid tribute on its Facebook page.

"Dromore CCE wish to extend deepest sympathies to the family of Barry McQuaid following his tragic passing," the Irish cultural group said.

"Barry and his family circle have been keen supporters of Dromore CCE for a long number of years.

"May he rest in peace."

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

"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.

"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."

The air ambulance and paramedics were scrambled to the scene following the incident on Friday at around 10.30am.

The area remains cordoned off and work around the project has been halted as an investigation is carried out.

In a Facebook statement, representatives from Ederney Community Development Trust, Kesh Development Association and St Joseph's Gaelic Football Club said: "We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Barry McQuaid who was so tragically killed on Friday as the result of a workplace accident.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Edel and all the McQuaid family."

Sinn Fein councillor Glenn Campbell, who lives close to the McQuaid family home, said: "Barry was a very hard worker and very reliable.

"He would have dug the graves in the parish, he was conscientious and meticulous in his work and everything he did.

"He was a popular and civil man who was very well liked.

"It is a huge loss to the community and his family and it's compounded by the fact he's so young.

"He had a bright future ahead of him in the construction industry. He was a skilled digger driver and that would have been his talent.

"This has shocked the communities in Dromore and Trillick, where his wife is from. It's a massive blow for the area."

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident.

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