I’ve lost a great son, says crash victim’s father

Eoin Farrell
Eoin Farrell

The father of one of the two teenagers killed in a Co Down car crash has said he has lost a “great son” who “loved life”.

Eoin Farrell and his close friend James Miskelly, from Mayobridge, Co Down, died in a single-car collision in Rostrevor just before midnight on Monday.

A third friend was critically injured and remains in hospital.

They all attended courses at the Southern Regional College in Armagh.

Eoin, who was 17, lived at his parents’ home in Rostrevor.

“Eoin was just fun loving, easy-going, loved working,” his father Gerard told the BBC.

“He came home in the evenings; he was only in the house five minutes and he was away with the other boys... working at cars or doing a bit of farming or fishing, always on the go, always enjoying life, always with his cheeky smile.

“There wasn’t a bad bone in him. Great son, just a great, great son. We all loved him.”

Eoin’s father said he would remember his “cheeky smile” and fun-loving personality.

He described how he was woken in the early hours of Tuesday by news of his son’s death.

“It was an awful shock at four o’clock yesterday morning. I was texting him and ringing him to see where he was, was he coming home, because he was going to tech on Tuesday morning with James in Armagh.

“The week before, he stayed in James’ house and I thought that’s where he was going.

“I rang him at five to 12, and his phone was flat since eight o’clock. But then we got the knock at the door at five to four, and we knew something wasn’t right.”

Mr Farrell also expressed his sympathy to the families of the other crash victims and said his “thoughts and prayers” were with them.

“An awful tragedy; I wouldn’t wish it on anybody,” he said.