Tributes to ‘huge character’ Conall

Conall Kerrigan
Conall Kerrigan

Tributes have been paid to the popular young Derry man who was found dead in the city centre on Sunday night.

Conall Kerrigan was described as a “huge character” by those who knew the 25-year-old from Claudy.

Conall was a huge character, full of craic and a good friend to his peers.

Claudy John Mitchel’s GAA Club

The PSNI in Derry were this afternoon continuing to investigate the sudden death of Mr Kerrigan.

The former St Patrick’s & St Brigid’s College pupil’s body was discovered at Bank Place at 10.20pm on Sunday night and his death is currently being treated as “unexplained”.

His body was discovered very close to where the young man had been socialising in Derry’s Metro Bar on Saturday night.

Conall had left the bar at closing time at around 2am on Sunday morning.

Claudy John Mitchel’s GAA were among the first to pay tribute to the young man on Monday.

In a statement issued through their Facebook Page, the Club wrote: “It was with a very heavy heart that we leaned of Conall’s passing over the weekend.

“Conall was a huge character, full of craic and a good friend to his peers.

“His passing hurts us all. There are just no words that will make sense of this and everybody is struggling to come to terms with it.”

The statement adds; “Our prayers and love go out to Conall, his immediate and wider families, and to all of his friends.

“Ar dheas Dé go raibh a anam. Codladh sámh a Chonall.”

Sinn Féin Councillor for the area Paul Fleming has also expressed his condolences to the family of Conall Kerrigan

Colr. Fleming said: “The entire community are in shock on hearing the terrible sad news this morning.

“I wish to extend my sympathy and condolences to his family and friends at this time”

Just before his body was discovered on Sunday night an appeal for information was launched through the ‘Missing People Northern Ireland’ Facebook page.

The appeal page stated: “The family of a 25-year-old man who has gone missing are becoming increasingly concerned about his welfare.

“Conall Kerrigan was last seen leaving a city centre bar in Derry in the early hours of this morning.

“He was in the company of a couple around his own age.”

The appeal goes on to state that Conall had been wearing a blue polo tee-shirt and jeans.

PSNI Detective Inspector Conor McStravick is appealing for anyone who seen Conall after he left the Metro bar or anyone who witnessed any form of altercation on the City Walls close to Millennium Forum during the early hours of Sunday morning to contact detectives in Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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