Belfast Telegraph

Village mourns as GAA man Damian McGovern buried

By Rebecca Black

The village of Derrygonnelly came to a standstill yesterday as final farewells were paid to popular GAA player Damian McGovern.

The married father-of-four died last week in a workplace accident.

Hundreds of mourners gathered in his home village amid the grey skies and rain yesterday for his funeral.

The path to St Patrick's Church was lined with young people wearing GAA tops as Mr McGovern's coffin was borne inside. Mourners - including local Church of Ireland and Methodist ministers - heard Mr McGovern's death had devastated the community.

Parish Priest Jimmy McPhillips told mourners he never thought he would have been conducting the funeral of Mr McGovern. "Damien was a man of hope, of faith," he said. "Sometimes people die far too young and far too tragically. He was a community man."

The 47-year-old died after being involved in an accident while working at Ely Lodge in Enniskillen last Friday morning.

He was rushed to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, but later died of his injuries.

Mr McGovern worked as an undertaker in Derrygonnelly and was deeply involved in the life of his local team, Derrygonelly Harps. He is survived by his wife Leeanne and his four children.

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