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Funeral for west Belfast drowning victim Michael Willis

The funeral of Michael Willis took place in west Belfast yesterday. Picture by Mal McCann
Marie Louise McConville

THE funeral of a father-of-three who drowned in Co Donegal took place in west Belfast yesterday.

Michael Willis, who was 45 and from the Colin area, died at Maghera Beach near Ardara on Saturday afternoon.

He got into difficulties when a dinghy capsized in the water.

He was the son of Veronica Willis, a former Sinn Féin member of the old Lisburn City Council who was elected councillor for the Dunmurry Cross electoral area in 2001 and 2005.

A talented soccer coach, Mr Willis was a former senior team manager with Colin Valley FC in Poleglass.

The funeral of father-of-three Michael Willis took place in west Belfast yesterday. The 45-year-old drowned in Donegal at the weekend

Earlier in the week, his brother Oran posted on Facebook to say the sudden loss of his sibling had "shocked my family to the core".

Requiem Mass for Michael Willis took place yesterday at the Church of the Nativity in Poleglass. Burial took place afterwards in Blaris Cemetery in Lisburn.

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