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Tributes to Tyrone car crash teenager Ryan Mahoney

Tributes have been paid to Ryan Mahoney from Augher in Co Tyrone who died after a collision near Omagh on Sunday
Connla Young

Tributes have been paid to a teenage GAA player who died after a car crash.

Ryan Mahoney, from Augher in Co Tyrone, died after a collision on the Clanabogan Road in Omagh at around 8.25pm on Sunday.

He was a passenger in a black Audi car which collided head on with a white Mercedes.

A man and two women who were also travelling in the Audi and a woman who was driving the other vehicle were taken to hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The 17-year-old played football for Gael Naomh Padraig, which is a combined underage team involving his own club Augher St Macartans and neighbouring Clogher Eire Og.

His brother Jamie is a senior player with the Augher club.

“We deeply regret the sad news of the untimely passing of our underage player Ryan Mahoney,” the club said last night.

“Sympathy is extended to his family and his teammates on the Gael Naomh Padraig team.

“Ryan and you all are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Clogher Eire Og said it was “absolutely devastated” by Ryan’s death.

“He brought fun, laughter and ‘divilment’ wherever he went,” it said.

“He was a great teammate and even better friend."

The club also sent a special message to the area’s young people.

“I urge all young people to reach out and comfort each other,” it said.

“It is important that you talk about how you are feeling because there are so many people in this community that will support you through this difficult time."

A former pupil at St Ciaran’s College in Ballygawley, the school also paid tribute.

“All at St Ciaran’s deeply regret the sad news of the untimely passing of our former pupil Ryan Mahoney and offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” it said.

SDLP councillor Sharon McAleer offered her condolences. “It’s such a tragedy, every parent’s worst nightmare when you have an accident like that, when you hear a young person is not returning home,” she said.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the young man who died at this sad time.”

Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton said her "thoughts and prayers" were with his family following the "heartbreaking news."

The teenager’s extended family is well known in the area and his uncle owns the Mellon Country Inn Hotel near Omagh.

He is survived by his parents Sean and Christina, sisters Lauren and Shauna, brother Jamie and grandmother Eileen.

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