NW hit by yet another devastating
DONEGAL and Derry have
been left reeling once again with news of another
sudden and tragic death - that of Derry City FC
captain Ryan McBride.
The popular Candystripes' skipper passed away at his
home in Derry last night at the age of 27.
A post-mortem will take place later today to
determine the cause of death.
The young sportsman's passing comes a year to the
day of the drowning tragedy that claimed the lives
of five members of the McGrotty and Daniels families
at Buncrana Pier on March 20, 2016.
Pier tragedy: Clockwise, Sean
McGrotty, Ruth Daniels, Mark and Evan McGrotty, and
Jodie Lee Daniels.
anniversary mass will take place this evening at
Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty, Derry, at 7pm
while a fund-raising memorial walk will be held
along the Quay from Sainsbury's, Derry, on Friday at
As it prepared for the first anniversary, Buncrana
was left shocked and grief-stricken following the
brutal murder last week of popular local woman
Danielle McLaughlin (28) on a beach in Goa, India.
Her remains, accompanied by two of her friends, are
expected to be repatriated from the Asian country
later this week. A local Indian man was arrested on
suspicion of her killing while the community in Buncrana rallied around her heartbroken family.
Meanwhile, in a
statement this morning, Derry City Football Club
said it is "deeply saddened" by the untimely death
of their captain.
He would be remembered for his "civility and
humility" off the pitch and his "commitment and
passion" on it.
"Our prayers and thoughts are with his father, Lexie,
his sisters Colleen, Siuinin and Caitlain and his
partner Mairead who are heartbroken at his loss.
"We are also conscious of his teammates and our
management and support staff. Ryan was a player and
a great captain but he was also their friend and
teammate. They are deeply shocked and will miss his
inspiration and his leadership," the club statement
The Brandywell club, which has temporarily relocated
to Buncrana for this season, also remembered the
pier tragedy which claimed the lives of the mother
and sister of another of its team members, Joshua
It also said it was just a "short time" since the
untimely death of its former star striker,
Greencastle's Mark Farren (33) after a long-fought cancer