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Brian Kelly (72) 'third man to die after roof fall' in Co Tyrone

Brian Kelly (72) died on Thursday after reportedly falling from a roof

A 72-YEAR-OLD man has died after falling from a roof – the third such fatal accident in Co Tyrone in six weeks.

Brian Kelly from Eskra died on Thursday following the accident on Monday. It is understood the respected building contractor had been working on a house construction when he fell.

His club Eskra Emmetts said members were “deeply saddened by the untimely passing” of the “former player, club member and avid supporter”. His son Damian and brother Paul are committee members.

Mr Kelly’s daughter Maura, who is married to former Tyrone All-Ireland winner and Fermanagh senior football manager Ryan McMenamin, works for the Ulster Council. A spokesman passed on its condolences to the family.

“Brian was a wonderful Gael who enjoyed many successes on the playing fields of Tyrone and will be sorely missed by his many friends, colleagues, Eskra Emmett’s and St Macartan’s ladies’ club members but especially his grieving family.

“We are particularly thinking of our colleague Brian’s daughter Maura McMenamin at this tragically sad time.”

Sinn Féin councillor Glenn Campbell said: “My thoughts are with the family and everyone in the community is very shocked. He was a very fit man who still went running.”

Mr Kelly is survived by his wife Maria, six children and 102-year-old mother Cassie.

Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 12pm on Monday at St Patrick’s Church, Eskra, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Mr Kelly’s death came 20 days after father-of-four Adrian McCloskey died in a workplace fall in the Galbally area.The St Ergnats GAC man from Toome, Co Antrim is believed to have fallen while working on a building under construction at Aghnagar Road.

On January 9 Micky Hamill, from Mullaghconnor in Dungannon, died after falling from a roof just outside the Rock.Aged in his late fifties, the joiner had been working on the roof of a building on Sessiagh Scott Road.

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