24/08/2011

Gaelic Footballer Is Victim Of Tragic Fall

There's been a further tragedy for the North with a well-known Gaelic footballer from west Belfast killed after he fell and hit his head while travelling in Nicaragua.

The tragedy happened as final preparations were being made to repatriate the bodies of two NI women murdered last week in Turkey.

The latest person to die in foreign parts was Michael McClean, 26, who was hiking up a mountain or volcano with his brother Conor during a tour of South America, when the accident happened.

Relatives have flown out on Wednesday to bring the young man's body back to Northern Ireland.

Mr McLean, from Fruithill Park, a trainee teacher and keen GAA coach, was fatally injured in Nicaragua on Sunday.

He played for west Belfast club St Agnes GAC.

Mr McLean, who recently graduated from university in Liverpool and planned to teach geography, had gone to New York to meet up with his younger brother, Conor.

The pair then travelled to Nicaragua for a walking holiday, where the accident happened.

They were on a guided walk close to a volcano when Michael fell and suffered a fatal head injury. He died moments later, with his brother was at his side.

There's another sad journey talking place today, with the bodies of Newry women Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore - who were murdered in Turkey - due to arrive in Ireland later.

The women, who were both in their 50s, were stabbed to death near the west coast city of Izmir last week.

Ms Graham's daughter Shannon arrived home on Monday night accompanied by her father.

Her Turkish boyfriend Recep Cetin has reportedly confessed to the double killing.

(BMcC/GK)

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