Northern Ireland

Young couple killed in Meath road accident

Conor Leo McColgan was originally from Feeny but had been living in Navan, County Meath.
Conor Leo McColgan was originally from Feeny but had been living in Navan, County Meath.

A young county Derry man killed in a double road fatality in County Meath has been named as Conor McColgan from Feeny.

Mr McColgan (23) and his girlfriend, Amy English (21), died when their car was in collision with a lorry outside Navan on Wednesday shortly after 1pm.

The 31-year-old driver of the lorry was arrested at the scene but later released.

Ms English is a daughter of Irish model, Emma English, the ex-partner of former Football Association of Ireland chief executive, John Delaney. Ms English had been living with her mother in Navan.

Originally from Feeny, Mr McColgan is a son of Mary and Leo McColgan and had been living in Navan recently. Mr McColgan’s remains will be brought back to Feeny over the weekend for burial at Banagher. Full funeral details will be confirmed later.

Sinn Féin councillor for the area, Kathleen McGurk extended sympathies to the McColgan family.

Ms McGurk said: “Conor was a member of a large and well-known and popular family in the Feeny area. News of his death has caused widespread grief and shock.”

“They had their whole life before them. The current circumstances with the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions they place on funerals also makes this so much more difficult for the McColgan family,” Ms McGurk said.

SDLP councillor, Orla Beattie also extended condolences to the family. Ms Beattie said the McColgan family was highly respected in the Feeny area.

“This was terrible news for people locally and has caused great shock but Feeny is a very tight-knit community and I know the people of Feeny will rally round in the times to come and do everything the can to help this poor family,” Ms Beattie said.