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Funeral for Dungiven man found dead at family home

sudden death: The funeral of Eugene Boyle will take place in Dungiven
Seamus McKinney

THE funeral will take place tomorrow of a 26-year-old man who died suddenly at his home in Co Derry.

Eugene Boyle was found dead in bed in Dungiven by a family member on Saturday morning.

It is the second sudden death to hit the town in the last month following that of classroom assistant Shauna McSorley (20).

Mr Boyle was an IT worker in Belfast but his family is well-known in Dungiven through his mother Martina’s work at its credit union.

His sister Shauna (Craig) has flown home from Australia to be with Mrs Boyle and her husband Sean and brother Kevin.

Sinn Féin councillor Sean McGlinchey said the town was shocked by news of Mr Boyle’s death, coming weeks after that of Ms McSorley.

A classroom assistant at Gaelscoil Léim an Mhadaidh, where she worked with special needs pupils, she was also studying for a degree in Irish at Ulster University.

Mr McGlinchey, who knows the Boyle family, said: “As news of the tragedy spread, everyone in Dungiven was talking about it.

"I know we always say people are shocked when any young person dies but people were just numb on Saturday night.

“It’s hard to believe, the sudden deaths of two young people in a month in a small community like Dungiven. It’s just heart breaking.”

Mr Boyle’s remains were returned to the family home at Holmlea Park yesterday afternoon.

Requiem Mass will take place at St Patrick’s Church at 11am tomorrow with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

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