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Young man's death stuns community in Garrison and Belleek

Body recovered from river Erne at Belleek

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Young man's death stuns community in Garrison and Belleek

Tributes have been paid to a much loved Garrison man whose body was recovered by police and the emergency servicesfrom the river Erne yesterday.

Police say the cause of death is not being treated as suspicious.

Named as Michael Flanagan (28), from Garrison, police and other emergency services recovered his body from the river close to the Glen Eden Hotel in the border village.

A helicopter, two ambulances and fire brigade personnel were called out to an emergency incident in Belleek shortly after 6pm.

In their statement, the PSNI say a post-mortem will take place to determine the cause of death.

Stunned close-knit community

His death has stunned the close-knit community around Garrison and Belleek where he was well known. Michael was described as a compassionate, highly intelligent and sensitive young man. He was a past pupil of St Martin’s Primary School in Garrison and St Michael’s College Enniskillen and later graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Masters Degree in International Relations.

He worked for a period in Canada but returned in more recent years to work at home. He had previously worked as a bar man in the Riverside Bar and in the Garavogue Bar in Sligo where he was noted as a very pleasant and friendly young man.

Local Belleek SDLP councillor John Coyle said the whole community was stunned by the death of the popular.

“The whole community is shocked and devastated at Michael’s untimely death in such tragic circumstances.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to his parents Gerry and Sadie who are very well known in the Mulleek and Belleek areas and who are great supporters of traditional Irish music. My heart goes out to them and to Michael’s large extended family.  The whole community in Garrison will rally around the Flanagan family in the difficult days, months and years ahead," he said.

Michael Flanagan's funeral Mass will take place on Monday after 11pm Mass in Mary Queen of Peace Church Garrison.