Tributes have been paid to a Drumduff man who died suddenly while making his way home from Tyrone’s clash against Dublin in the National League on Saturday evening.
Ciaran Maguire, aged 69, was an avid follower of the Red Hands and was the grandfather of star forward, Mark Bradley.
He was a former mechanic, a keen photographer and a long-distance lorry driver who travelled all over Europe, initially with the Sixmilecross firm of Kelly Freight. He later worked with Omagh District Council.
Hundreds of people packed into the Church of St Patrick in Drumduff yesterday (Wednesday) for his funeral Mass.
During his homily, the celebrant, Monsignor Colum Curry, parish priest of Beragh, said Mr Maguire’s death had come as a shock, especially as it was unexpected and sudden.
“It is a huge body blow for Ciaran’s family,” he added.
“Whatever Ciaran did in life, he did with perfection, was always punctual and precise, tidy and particular and making sure that everything was done properly and correctly,” he said.
“Ciaran had two passions in life – the first was for his wife and family and in particular his grandchildren whom he idolised. His second passion was for football, especially Killyclogher and Tyrone.
“We can only imagine, then, his deep sense of pride when he watched his grandson, Mark, playing for Killyclogher and Tyrone. In a way it seems almost appropriate that he died on his way home from Healy Park on Saturday evening after being engaged with something he loved.”
Mr Maguire married his wife, Anne, in 1966 in Co Leitrim. He is survived by her, and children Angela (Bradley), Gary, Conor, Stephen, Neil and Sheenagh (McGrath), brothers, Patsy, Eamon, Noel, Kevin, Seamus, Brian and Gerry, his sister, Celine Loughran and 15 grandchildren.
Mr Maguire was pre-deceased by his brothers, Eugene, Malachy and Maurice.