Family’s tribute to Kevin McClintock

Kevin McClintock.
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A Derry man who was tragically killed in a road traffic collision in Newtowncunningham on Friday, was due to become a father again in just five weeks time.

Last night Kevin Barry McClintock’s heartbroken fiance Anna Bryson, revealed that she has decided to call their unborn child, who she knows is a girl, Caoimhe, as a tribute to her late partner.

And she described the man she has spent the last 15 years of her life with as a “great fella” and “devoted daddy.”

The Galliagh man’s fiance said the couple’s three children Megan, Aoife and Caitlin had been left heartbroken by his death.

“He loved them so much,” she said. “He loved spending time with them and doing things like building their bikes. Kevin and I were together 15 years. He was looking forward to this baby. But we hadn’t thought of a name. But I’m going to call her Caoimhe because it’s the nearest name to Kevin.”

32 year-old Kevin McClintock from Galliagh and Orla O’Reilly who is originally from Cavan were killed on Friday afternoon when the cars they were travelling in collided on the N13 at Moyle near Newtowncunningham. A third man who was involved in the accident remains in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Kevin McClintock will be laid to rest this morning following Requiem Mass at 10.30 in St Joseph’s Church, Galliagh. Ms. O’Reilly’s funeral will be held in her native Cavan.

The Derry man’s parents Tony and Jacqui said they had been overwhelmed by the tributes paid to their son online.

“I have maxed out of friends because so many people came on to talk about him on facebook,” said Tony, “He was just so well known and liked.”

Tony said his son would have done anything for anyone.

“All you had to do was lift the phone,” he said. “He was our oldest son. No parent should have to bury their child. Kevin was one of the best, we are devastated and heartbroken. He was just a gentleman.”

Speaking from the family home at Dundrean Park, Kevin’s sister Roisin said her brother was “just brilliant.”

“Kevin was brilliant to us,” she said. “He had a heart of gold. We had such a laugh with him. He loved all his nieces and nephews.”

The family also said their thoughts would be with the family of Orla O’Reilly.

“We are devastated for her and her family.” said Tony.

Kevin’s funeral will take place this morning from his parent’s home, 11 Dundrean Park, Galliagh, at 10am for 10.30am Requiem Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Galliagh. Interment afterwards in the City Cemetery.

He is survived by his fiancé, Anna, daughters Megan, Aoife and Caitlin, parents Tony and Jacqui and siblings Roisin, Tony, Gary, Gemma and Chloe.