Third of three NI men who died in Australia laid to rest

Joe McDermott
Joe McDermott

An Ulsterman who was killed on an Australian building site has left behind a very positive legacy, despite his young age.

That was the message from an Omagh councillor, as Joe McDermott’s funeral took place in the town.

The service was held in Omagh’s Sacred Heart chapel on Monday morning.

Mr McDermott, who was reportedly aged 24, was killed on November 25 alongside fellow Northern Irish worker Gerard Bradley (whose funeral had been held on Saturday in Coleraine).

Their deaths followed on from that of another Northern Irish man, Alan Haughey.

The 28-year-old died in a car crash on November 21.

His funeral was held in Craigavon on December 4.

The night before Mr McDermott’s funeral, SDLP councillor Josephine Deehan Josephine Deehan attended a wake him family home.

They just treasured having his remains in the house,” she said.

“They showed great dignity in a time of great sorrow. He was a remarkable young man of great energy and enterprise and courage....

“They’ll have many years of great sorrow ahead, but they’re very proud of their son.”

She said he had worked for years as a barman at the town’s Silverbirch Hotel in the north of the town before leaving for Australia mere weeks before his death.

She had heard that some kind of concrete girder had fallen on the site in Perth, Western Australia, causing the death of him and Mr Bradley (who was aged 29).

She added: “He acquitted himself in life with great honour... he lived life to the full. It’s a good legacy to leave behind for such a young man”.