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Father-of-two Conor McCollum from Cushendall dies suddenly in Spain

Conor McCollum from Cushendall died "without warning" on Friday

ARRANGEMENTS are being made to fly home the body of a father-of-two who was found dead in Spain.

Conor McCollum from Cushendall, who is understood to have been based in the Torrevieja area of Alicante, died "without warning" on Friday.

Mr McCollum, who was in his thirties, was a nephew of prominent Antrim hurling player and manager Terence McNaughton and had played amateur soccer in his youth for Carnlough United.

His devastated mother Oonaugh McNaughton told friends that she hopes to bring his body home this week for a funeral at the weekend.

"My boy is ready for home," she wrote on Facebook.

It is understood the funeral will be at St Patrick & St Brigid's Church in Glenariffe due to historic family links to the parish, although details had not been finalised.

A post mortem has been carried out in Spain, but there has been no confirmation of the cause of death for the former St Aloysius High School pupil.

Remembered last night as "a lovely lad" and "one of a kind", the Glens of Antrim community has been rallying around his family as they come to terms with their loss.

Neighbour and SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop said the "entire community are in shock" following his death.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad, sad time," she said.

Mr McCollum is survived by his parents Oonaugh and Malcolm, stepfather Dominic and siblings Kerry, Gary and Danielle.

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