‘Good hearted’ Cathal (16) died on night out

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A Co Derry teenager who died after being struck by a car in Newtownstewart on Friday night has been described as a “good-hearted lad”.

Cathal Donaghy (16), from Craigbane village was on his way to Omagh in a mini bus for a night out with friends when the collision happened at Beltany Road, Newtownstewart about 11pm on Friday. The teenager was standing outside the bus when he was struck by a car.

He was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital but died from his injuries on Saturday afternoon.

The teenager had been a member of Craigbane GAC and on Sunday the club announced that all games scheduled for this week will be cancelled as a mark of respect.

Club officer Sean McGuinness said the death marked a difficult period for the Craigbane club, coming just one week after the loss of club trustee Liam Dixon (59), who died following a battle with cancer.

“Cathal was a typical genuine country boy. He had a good work ethic, a good attitude and would have done well regardless of what he did. He was just a very good-hearted lad,” Mr McGuinness said.

Fr David O’Kane said the Craigbane community was deeply shocked. Fr O’Kane said Cathal was a “regular young fella”, who was “well-liked and popular” and came from a “very close family”.

“It’s really a nightmare for them,” he said.

“Cathal’s mother said that. This is every parents’ nightmare, seeing their children go out at night and ending up in the hospital the next day, that’s what they have to face now, so they are very distressed.

“It’s a very sad time for the community and for all of us.”