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Memory of ‘Hoss’ lives on with annual charity match


THE latest charity football match in memory of an Omagh man killed in a construction site accident in Australia in 2015 will take place this weekend.

Remembering the life and legacy of Joe ‘Hoss’ McDermott, the match will kick off at the Youth Sport Omagh Complex at 2pm this Sunday (May 5).

 Mr McDermott, who was 24-years-old, originally came from Shandon Park. He died on a building site in East Perth in November 2015, just weeks after leaving Omagh for Australia.

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Since then, his family have held a series of fundraising events in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, which aims to alleviate the financial hardship experienced by grieving families when they bring the bodies of their loved ones back to Ireland.

His sister, Laura McDermott, estimates that the family has raised between £60,000 to £70,000 for the charity so far – and are hoping to add to that amount on Sunday.

This year, ‘Hoss FC’, a team made up of Joe’s family and friends, will take on ‘Tamlaght Road FC’, featuring people and friends he would have grown up with in Shandon Park and on the Brookmount Road.

Laura said, “The match is a fantastic way to celebrate Joe. Everyone is welcome to attend the match and enjoy a great day out.

“All money raised will be going towards the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. The trophy presentation and a raffle will take place in the Coach Inn on Sunday from 7pm, followed by music on the night.”

The McDermott family would like to express sincere thanks to everyone who continues to support the annual ‘Match for Hoss’, including Conor Quinn, from the Coach Inn, as well as Tamlaght Car Care and XCAT, who sponsor the ball and pitch every year.

• The 2019 ‘Match for Hoss’ will take place at Youth Sport Omagh, Cookstown Road on Sunday, May 5 at 2pm. Post-match celebrations will be held at the Coach Inn from 7pm onwards.

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