GAA coach Damian McGovern dies in workplace accident

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A GAA coach, Damian McGovern, has died in a workplace accident in Co Fermanagh.

A GAA coach, Damian McGovern, has died in a workplace accident in County Fermanagh.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Ely Lodge on the Lough Shore Road in Enniskillen at 10.45am yesterday.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

A spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with the family at this most difficult time.”

In a statement, the Fermanagh County GAA Board said it was “shocked and saddened at the untimely death of Damian McGovern, youth chairperson and Minor manager of the Derrygonnelly Harps club”.

It added: “We extend our deepest sympathy to Damian’s wife Leeanne and children, as well as the entire McGovern and McGinley families.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all at the Derrygonnelly Harps club at this extremely difficult time and as they try to come to terms with this huge loss.”

Derrygonnelly Harps also released a statement on their website paying tribute to Mr McGovern.

“Our club’s youth chairperson, Minor manager, committee member and driving force of our club in countless ways, Damian McGovern, lost his life today,” it said.

“Words could not ever express our devastation and our pain and sorrow for Damian’s family, but our prayers are with them and with Damy in heaven.

“Damian’s remains will not be back in Derrygonnelly in the immediate term. We will inform when arrangements for waking etc are in place. GAA family, please support the McGoverns and the Harps with your prayers.”