French fall victim was an Omagh native

The late John Grugan pictured with his sons Jack and Rory.

The late John Grugan pictured with his sons Jack and Rory.

A FATHER of four from Ballymacnab in Co Armagh who died after falling from a balcony while on holiday in France was a native of Campsie in Omagh.

John Grugan had been in the country when the accident happened on Saturday.


He was the son of John Grugan (snr) and Rose who lived in Campsie and owned the well-known Grugan’s Garage on the Mountjoy Road in Omagh which was also a major car dealership in the 1970s and 1980s.

The late Mr Grugan grew up at the family home and was educated at St Colmcille’s Primary School, before attending Omagh Christian Brothers. He subsequently attended Queen’s University, before embarking on a successful career in consultancy work.

As well as being a popular member of the local community for many years up until his departure from the area around 25 years ago, Mr Grugan was also a talented gaelic footballer. A member of a successful Rice Cup winning team at his primary school, he went on to represent Omagh CBS in the MacRory Cup for two years.

In 1981, he was a member of the Killyclogher minor team which won the Tyrone championship title for the first and only time.

In later years, he had taken an active involvement in Ballymacnab GAA affairs.

Mr Grugan is survived by his wife, Aileen, children, Shauna, Rory, Jack and Aoife and his sister, Enda (Monaghan). He was predeceased by his parents, John and Rose and sisters Rosemary, Patricia and Siobhan.

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