A PASSION for football shared by two friends from Omagh who lost their lives in tragic accidents, will be celebrated next week with a charity match.
Joe McDermott and Dominic Earley who were both former pupils of Sacred Heart College in Omagh, died in separate accidents thousands of miles apart.
In November, 2015 Joe McDermott who was just 24-years-old was killed while working in Western Australia. Just over 18 months later, his school pal, Dominic Earley (26) from Tattyreagh died after a car crash in Tempo.
On Sunday, December 16 the two young men will be remembered with a special football match – The Omagh Cup – which will see a ‘Dom XI’ side take on Hoss XI.
The match, which will be played at the Youth Sport facility, is the brainchild of several friends of the two men.
Robbie Porter who is helping organise the game, said the popularity of Dominic and Joe has seen a huge wave of interest and support.
“It has been complete madness, since we put this up online,” he said.
“I was approached by two other friends Ciaran McCaffrey and Eamonn Kees who wanted to do something to remember them.
“At the minute we have at least 50 people who have asked to get playing in the game and it’s very hard to say no to them.
“It’s starting to become more like a tournament, we could have ten teams gathered together at this stage.
“We will probably let everyone get a chance to play for maybe ten minutes each in the match.
“I think that just shows how popular Dominic and Joe were at the school. The pair of them were great friends and they loved their football, so I think the match is a great way of remembering them.”
Robbie said money raised from the match will be donated to both families.
In the months after the death of Joe McDermott, a special football jersey designed in his memory and a football match helped raise thousands of pounds for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust who helped return his body to Ireland.
The Omagh Cup will be held at Youth Sport Omagh on Sunday, December 16 with kick-off at 12.30pm, with presentation and buffet afterwards in The Coach Inn.