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Family left devastated by weekend road tragedy

THE funeral of the young man who was killed in a road traffic collision on the A5 near Beltany last weekend took place on Thursday.

Darren Gallagher, 23, died after the car in which he was the sole occupant crashed between Omagh and Newtownstewart near the junction with the Drumlegagh Road early on Sunday morning past.

Hundreds of people attended his wake at the home of his father at McNulty Park in Rouskey. Mr Gallagher’s funeral took place at St Patrick’s Church, Cranagh.

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Mr Gallagher had been living in Omagh and was a former student of the Sacred Heart College and South West College. At the time of his death, he was working as a builder alongside his father, Eunan.

Speaking to the UlsterHerald, Mr Gallagher’s sister Pauline spoke of her family’s devastation at the tragic death.

“All I can say is that Darren was just so young and full of life. He had his whole life ahead of him,” she said.

“He was a great baby brother and a fantastic uncle to all his nieces and nephews.”

Tributes have also been paid to Mr Gallagher by the head of industry and training at the South West College where he studying for a Level Two in Interior Systems.

“Darren made a huge impression on staff and classmates while he was studying in Enniskillen,” said Ciaran McManus.

“It is with great sadness that the staff and student body of the South West College learned of his passing.

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“During his time at the college, Darren made a huge impression on all the staff and students with whom he came into contact.”

The PSNI are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact police in Omagh.

They also want to hear from anyone who might have been travelling along the Beltany Road at around 4.20am on Sunday, October 28.

Mr Gallagher, who is predeceased by his mother, Martina, is survived by his father, Eunan McGarvey, his partner, Shannon, sisters Kathleen and Pauline and brother, Anthony.

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