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Video: Touching family tribute to Alan Drennan at a special memorial event


New seats at a Co Antrim park have been dedicated in memory of two young men from Northern Ireland who died while overseas.

The benches - at Loughshore Park in Newtownabbey - are in memory of local man Alan Drennan and Kevin Bell from Newry.

Alan (21) died in suspicious circumstances exactly a year ago, less than 24 hours after he arrived on the Spanish island of Ibiza for a holiday.

Kevin Bell (26) was killed in a suspected hit-and-run accident in New York in June, 2013.

Alan's father, Alan Drennan Snr, said they thought it would be appropriate to also honour Kevin's life as the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust - which Kevin's father Colin set up - had helped him have his son's remains returned from Ibiza.

Since it was set up the Trust has helped repatriate the bodies of around 200 people from across Ireland who have died while abroad.

A third bench was dedicated for all people who have lost loved ones.

On Tuesday evening dozens of Alan's friends joined members of his family for a balloon launch beside the new park seats to mark the first anniversary of his passing.

His friends had gathered in Loughshore Park at the time of his death to comfort each other.

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