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Fatal lorry accident is second tragedy for Lisnaskea family 'steeped in GAA'

Ciaran Woods was stabbed to death in 2010
Mairead Holland

THE family of a Fermanagh GAA player who was stabbed to death has been hit by another tragedy after his father died in a road tragedy.

John Woods was fatally injured after being struck by a lorry on Water Street, Lisnaskea, shortly after 7.50pm on Friday.

In 2010 his son Ciaran was stabbed to death at a house in Tempo, near Lisnaskea.

Ciaran Woods was stabbed to death in 2010

Gary Moane, from Brookeborough, was convicted of the killing and spent four years in jail.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Woods, who has been remembered as "a gentleman" and someone who "loved the football banter".

SDLP councillor Garbhan McPhillips, who knows the Woods family, said Mr Woods was a "real gentleman" who "would speak to everybody".

"It was very, very sad news to hear on Friday night. It's really tragic for the whole community and I will be keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers," he said.

"He had a big family, with lots of grandchildren, and he loved them all dearly. A lot of his children played football and the family is very much steeped in the GAA."

In a Facebook post, Lisnaskea Emmetts GAC wrote: "Words fail us for such a gentleman who loved the football banter."

Mr Woods was a native of Cullion and a former First Fermanaghs player.

Ciaran Woods was stabbed to death in 2010

He moved to Lisnaskea after marrying his wife Breege.

Newtownbutler First Fermanaghs GFC said: "We offer our sympathies at this very sad time to his wife Breege and children Yvonne, Martin, Elaine, Brian, Donna, Shauna, Claire, John, Lorna and the extended family circle.

"We also offer our condolences to John’s son-in-law and former senior player Chris Reilly and their family, and John's sister-in-law Winnie McLoughlin and family."

Fermanagh Ladies GFA, where Mr Woods' daughters Shauna and Claire had been county players, said they were deeply saddened to learn of his death.

Newtownbutler First Fermanagh Ladies GFC also offered their condolences, as did Lisnaskea Rovers Football Club.

Christopher Sherrard of Life After, a group which supports people after the loss of a loved one, said they were saddened to hear of the death and asked people to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers "as they come to terms with this traumatic event".

He added: "We at Life After offer our deepest sympathies to John’s family and wish them God's richest blessings in the days and months ahead with the reassurance that we are there to provide support and assistance if or when required."

Inquiries are ongoing and police have urged anyone with information or dashcam footage to contact them.

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