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Tyrone hotel crush victim Connor Currie was 'quietest, most civil young man you could ever meet’

 

Connor Currie
Connor Currie

Connor Currie was the youngest of the victims of Sunday night's tragedy.

The GAA player was described by his heartbroken aunt as a 'wee gentleman' as his family and friends prepared for his funeral. Connor was from the Edendork area near Dungannon.

His heartbroken aunt Briege Parks paid tribute to him online.

"A wee gentleman," she wrote. "I am so proud to be his aunt. We are completely devastated."

SDLP councillor Denise Mullen, who knew the young man since he was a boy, said her son Colm was devastated over the loss of his lifelong friend.

"Connor was a great young fella," she said. "He and my son Colm would have been friends from when they were very little. They were in and out of one another's houses and going to each other's birthday parties from they were no age.

"Connor was the quietest, most civil young man you could ever meet. He was a fun-loving lad, he was a great child. He stood out in a crowd. He was from a family of really gentle people.

"He was very into his books and was very academic. He went farming with his daddy and loved his computer. He was a really good little lad.

"He and Colm grew up together. I can still see his little face. It's just heartbreaking, he was only a child."

The young man's GAA club, Edendork, paid an emotional tribute to their "much loved and highly thought of" player.

"Connor will forever be remembered with the greatest affection by all associated with our club and indeed the wider Edendork community," they wrote.

"We are all in shock. To lose a dear friend and teammate is one of the most difficult life experiences you will have to face."

He said: "As a club, it is important that we keep together and support each other through this difficult time."

Friends also paid tribute to the young man online.

Megan Connolly wrote: "This still doesn't feel real. I was talking to Connor in school on Thursday and that was the last time we will ever get to talk. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families. Rest in peace, Connor."

Another wrote: "Just unthinkable. God rest his beautiful soul."

Connor leaves behind his mother Ciara, his father Eamon and three brothers - Sean, Cormac and Cahir.

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