Celtic pay respects to Connor McCafferty

The remains of Connor McCafferty are carried from St.mary's Church, Creggan to the City Cemetary.(1707JB49)
The remains of Connor McCafferty are carried from St.mary's Church, Creggan to the City Cemetary.(1707JB49)

Scottish Premier League giants, Glasgow Celtic FC have this week paid tribute to the Creggan teenager who tragically drowned last month.

Chairman Peter Lawwell wrote to the McCafferty family following the death of the nineteen year old in the Creggan Reservoir, in order to express his sorrow upon hearing of the news.

It was the second time ‘The Hoops’ had paid tribute to one of their fallen fans. The Celtic youth team which contested the Foyle Cup visited the reservoir in order to pay their respects during the competition.

Connor was a massive Celtic fan. More than 40 of his friends bought Celtic FC jerseys with ‘CMCC Number One’ or ‘RIP Connor’ written on the back and formed a guard of honour for their friend as he was laid to rest.

Connor’s girlfriend, Sarah Harper, said she thought Connor would have been really touched by Celtic’s tribute.

“Connor was a massive, massive Celtic fan. Every top, every jacket he wore was Celtic. He was a really big fan, let’s just say I got ditched for Celtic matches more than once,” she joked.

“But even though he was a huge fan Connor would never have thought that Celtic would have known who he was, so it would have been a big deal for him and meant a lot to his family and friends as well. It would have made him really happy as well.”

Sarah and her friends are now organising a number of fundraisers for the blue light services which assisted in the search and rescue operation for the 19 year old. Connor was laid to rest last month after he slipped under the water at Creggan Reservoir.

Those same young friends were plunged into mourning for the second successive summer as another young Creggan man, Sean McNair,18, drowned in Lough Swilly almost exactly one year prior to the McCafferty family tragedy.

Foyle Search and Rescue, were involved in the search for both teenagers. Sarah said: “We just want to thank them for all their help.”

Those fundraisers include a ‘Take me Out’ night at The Nerve Centre on Sunday, August 12th.

For more on those fundraising efforts don’t miss Tuesday’s Derry Journal.

‘Take Me Out,’ hosted by Michael Doherty, will run at The Nerve Centre on Thursday, August 12. Tickets cost £5 contact ‘fundraising night for Connor McCafferty on Facebook.com