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Funeral due to take place tomorrow of GAA and snooker star Connor Marron

Connor Marron has been described as a 'lovely young fella who lit up the room whenever he walked in'. Picture from Northern Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association/ Facebook

THE funeral is due to take place tomorrow of GAA and snooker star Connor Marron who died in a tragic train accident in London.

Family and friends of the 19-year-old university student from Ahoghill will gather for his Requiem Mass at St Mary’s Church in Portglenone.

A talented and gifted sportsman, Mr Marron is understood to have been struck by a train close to Hornsey Railway Station on January 2.

He is believed to have travelled to London with friends to attend the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

The teenager has been remembered as a "lovely young fella who lit up the room whenever he walked in" and someone who "touched the lives of all who knew him".

He had represented Roger Casements GAC in Portglenone and had been tipped to play senior football. He was also a talented snooker player, winning the U16 Northern Ireland Snooker Championship at the age of 12.

A former pupil at St Louis Grammar School in Ballymena he was a second year student at Ulster University.

His funeral at St Mary's Church is due to take place at 11am followed by burial in Aughnahoy Cemetery.

Mr Marron is survived by his father Fergal, mother Sharon, sister Caoimhe and wider family circle. The family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

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