Northern Ireland

Man who died at Derry quarry named as Ronan Hawthorne

Police said the death was not suspicious

The late Ronan Hawthorne who sadly lost his life at a County Derry Quarry.
Ronan Hawthorne died at a Co Derry quarry

A father of three who died at a Co Derry quarry has been named locally as Ronan Hawthorne.

The PSNI said it is not treating the 37-year-old’s death, in the Hogg’s Quarry area of Tobermore Road, Magherafelt, on Sunday afternoon, as suspicious.

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone described it as “a tragic event”.

“It is unbelievably sad that a sunny afternoon should have been wrecked by such a sad loss for his family and friends. My sincere sympathy goes out to his extended family and friends. The whole community is in sheer shock.”

Sinn Féin councillor Darren Totten said the Magherafelt community was “in total shock at what had happened”.

“I knew Ronan and know his family well. This is a very sad time for them. They have my sincere condolences.

“What has happened highlights the dangers of quarries,” said Mr Totten said.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Responding to a report of a man in the water in the quarry, PSNI officers attended the scene, together with members of the other emergency services.

“A man’s body was recovered from the water, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.”

A funeral notice published by McCusker Brothers funeral directors on Tuesday, described Mr Hawthorne as the loving father of Ryan, Rhiley and Jamie.

His funeral is leaving his mother Patricia’s home on Thursday (May 23) at 10.15aqm for Requiem Mass in Church of our Lady of the Assumption Magherafelt, interment afterwards in Polepatrick Cemetery, Castledawson Roa