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Fermanagh county football final off after fatal accident

By Declan Bogue

The Fermanagh county football final between Roslea Shamrocks and Derrygonnelly Harps, scheduled for tomorrow, has been called off due to the death of a prominent Derrygonnelly clubman.

Damian McGovern, brother of club chairman John, was killed in an industrial accident at work yesterday morning. He was married to Leanne and had four children; Gavin, Ryan, Ronan and Niamh.

For the last 20 years he was goalkeeper of the junior side and has managed that team for more than a dozen years.

A dedicated clubman, he was helping his brother John erect bunting ahead of the county final this week.

Known to all as a jack of all trades, he owned a pub in Derrygonnelly main street, as well as being a builder, an undertaker, and he helped with the joinery, plastering and blockwork of the new clubrooms in Derrygonnelly.

Pauric McGurn, PRO of the county board and a Derrygonnelly clubmate, said: "He did goals for the juniors all his life. He managed the minors for years, to a Championship success last season.

"He was also youth Chairman, with his brother John the club chairman, and they have a brother, Roger, who is heavily involved with the club also."

"This is a real shock. I was just talking to a few men around the club and they were on their way to the hospital.

"Everyone loved him. He was the first man who came up with the idea of a Junior B team and he started this 13 men behind the ball craze back in 2006.

"He was the founder of the team, he just loved football and getting boys games."

The county has known similar tragedy in recent years among the GAA community. In 2012, county footballer and Lisnaskea Emmetts captain Brian Óg Maguire was killed in a work accident in Quinn's, while in February this year, 13-year-old Belcoo player Oisin McGrath died after an incident in a school playground.

The Fermanagh final will now take place tomorrow week.

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