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Funeral today of Belleek drowning victim

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The funeral is taking place this morning of Ciaran O’Doherty, Rockfield Gardens, Belleek who drowned while fishing on the Erne at Belleek on Sunday.

Funeral mass is being held at 11am in St Patrick’s Chapel Belleek.

The body of Ciaran O’Doherty, Rockfield Gardens Belleek was taken from the river Erne on Sunday afternoon.

The 33 year-old, whose late father Seamus was a native of Letterkenny, had been visiting his native Belleek after moving to Belfast in recent times with his partner and children when the tragedy struck.

Ciaran had been fishing near the Carlton Hotel in Belleek that is a particularly popular spot with anglers fishing for salmon.

It is believed he may have slipped into the river in an area that is known to have treacherous currents.

The dead man’s jacket was found on Sunday afternoon that prompted an air and ground search of the river.

The emergency services which included fire brigade, ambulance and the PSNI carried out a search in conjunction with a helicopter rescue service from Sligo.

The popular Belleek man was taken from the river shortly after 5 pm on Sunday by rescue services.

Ciaran was described as a popular and hard-working young man, a loving parent to his partner and children and was a keen angler and a great supporter of Liverpool Football Club.

Family friend and Sinn Fein councillor, John Feely said the entire Belleek area was swathed in sadness.

“Ciaran grew up a few doors away from our family and we have been friends for many years.

“He was a gentle and unassuming young man and went to St Davog’s Primary School and later St Mary’s Brollagh.

“He was friendly with our family for many years and it is a great shock to us all.

“Ciaran was a keen fisherman and he would have learned the craft from his late father Seamus Doherty who is also sadly deceased.

“He also worked with his late father Seamus at tiling, the building industry and Asda in Enniskillen in recent years”.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and words can’t really describe how the community feels at present.”

Kieran is survived by his mother Mary, brother James, sister Sinead and brother Shane as well as his partner with whom he had been living with in Belfast in recent times.

Kieran was predeceased by his father Seamus Doherty who was a former ESB employee and also a member of the defence forces.

The Doherty family are well known and highly respected in the Belleek area.

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