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Donegal link to Glasgow pub tragedy

Emergency services remove the rear rotor of a police helicopter that crashed into the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow city centre on Friday evening, as work to recover bodies from the pub  continues, following the deaths of at least nine people - including the civilian pilot and two police officers on board the helicopter. Phot: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Emergency services remove the rear rotor of a police helicopter that crashed into the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow city centre on Friday evening, as work to recover bodies from the pub continues, following the deaths of at least nine people - including the civilian pilot and two police officers on board the helicopter. Phot: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A man who is believed to have strong Donegal connections is thought to be among the dead in the weekend helicopter tragedy in Glasgow.

John McGarrigle Snr, 59, whose family are thought to be originally from Letterkenny, was sitting in his usual spot in the bar when tragedy struck on Friday night.

His son John Jr (39) told media he believes his father, who was one of two pubgoers still missing last night, he believes his father is dead.

He said a witness had told him that his father had been sitting in his usual seat, at the spot where the helicopter came crashing down into the busy pub.

“He was in there and a ton of people have already told me that he was there. He is not answering his phone, he is not at his house . I know for a fact that he is dead, simple as,” Mr McGarrigle stated.

Police in Glasgow said this morning that they had found a ninth body in the wreckage of the Clutha bar.

Read more in today’s Donegal Democrat/People’s Press.

 

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