Tributes are paid to Aughlisnafin man following road accident

Tributes are paid to Aughlisnafin man following road accident

6 June 2018

THE death of Aughlisnafin man Gary Lennon, who was killed in a car crash last week, has been described as “a terrible and appalling tragedy for his family”.

Mr Lennon (45) died as a result of a single vehicle collision on the Dublin Road outside Castlewellan around 10pm last Thursday.

During a service of Requiem Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception last Sunday, Fr Denis McKinley urged mourners “not to take anything for granted”.

He continued: “Life is a precious gift, but it is very brittle,” he said. “It can be taken away very quickly.”

Dozens of grieving family members and friends followed the cortege from Mr Lennon’s parents’ home at Whitefort Road before arriving at the church at 9.30am.

Fr McKinley Mr Lennon had made a tremendous impact on his family. 

“Despite only having him for 45 years, he has left them with a lifetime of special memories,” he said.

Fr McKinley described Mr Lennon’s devastated dad Sean and heartbroken mum Anne as being “raw” with grief after losing another son before his time. Gary’s death came four years after the passing of his brother, Francis.

Local politicians have extended their sympathy to the Lennon family, led by South Down MP Chris Hazzard.

He said his thoughts and the thoughts of everyone in South Down were with all the family and friends at this “tough time”.

MLAs Colin McGrath and Emma Rogan also extended their sympathy to the Lennon family.

Mr McGrath described what happened as a “tragic incident”. He said the times ahead for the family would be difficult, but knew the local community would rally round and do all they could to help and support them.

Ms Rogan said the Lennon family was well known and respected, describing Mr Lennon’s death as “devastating news which has come as shock to the whole community”.

She continued: “South Down is no stranger to the devastating affect sudden road deaths like this have on the community. Any death on our road is one too many and I would encourage anyone who was traveling on the Dublin Road last Thursday and witnessed the accident to contact police.”

Former South Down MP, Margaret Ritchie also offered her condolences to Mr Lennon’s parents and wider family circle.

“I was deeply saddened to learn that this young man died tragically as a result of a car accident last week. I offer the family my deepest sympathies at this tragic time,” she said.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Mr Lennon’s parents, siblings, extended family and friends on their sad loss. I know the community in Aughlisnafin and Castlewellan will support them at this challenging time.”

Police investigating the accident have issued an appeal for information and want to hear from anyone who may have been on the Dublin Road at the time of the crash.

They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have dash cam footage of the incident.

 Anyone who believes they can help is asked to contact local police or the PSNI’s Collision Investigation Unit using the non-emergency 101 number,  quoting reference 1451 of 31/05/18.