Northern Ireland

Co Down man who died after wasp sting was 'absolute gentleman'

Eamonn Hogan from Co Down died on June 15. Picture from Facebook
Eamonn Hogan from Co Down died on June 15. Picture from Facebook Eamonn Hogan from Co Down died on June 15. Picture from Facebook

A Co Down man who died after being stung by a wasp has been remembered as an "absolute gentleman".

Eamonn Hogan (43), who lived in Kilcoo, is believed to have suffered a reaction from an insect sting on June 13.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, but died two days later.

Tributes have been paid Mr Hogan, who was remembered as being a "great fella".

Posting on social media, Mr Hogan's sister Aine wrote: "Devastated to notify of the death of my big brother Eamonn Hogan on 15th June in Royal Victoria Hospital.

"Loving son of Thomas Hogan and Brigid, brother-in-law of Kevin Murray and uncle of Oisín and Ciarán.

"You will never walk alone, safe in the arms of Jesus".

A keen snooker player, Mr Hogan was a former member of Downpatrick and District Snooker and Billiards League, which said it was saddened to learn of his "tragic and untimely death".

Russell Gaelic Union Downpatrick also paid tribute to Mr Hogan.

"It’s with extreme sadness that we have learned of the tragic passing of our esteemed former secretary Eamonn Hogan," the club wrote on Facebook.

"During his tenure as 'Rúnaí' nothing was ever too much bother for Eamonn and he took on every challenge with great zeal and enthusiasm.

"He will be sadly missed by us all but no more so than his loving wife Corrina and their family Brittany, Jake, Brandon and Alex.

"Eamonn was also the son of our immediate past president Tom and Bridget.

"To the entire Hogan and Caddoo families we extend our heartfelt condolences."

Other tributes revealed the shock of many people to the news of Mr Hogan's death.

One man wrote: "I can't believe this, Hogie was an absolute gentleman, my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

"R.I.P Eamonn, gone far too soon young friend", while another tribute said it was "tragic news".

He is survived by his wife Corrina and family.

* This copy was amended on June 26 2023