Northern Ireland

Caolan Winterson: Fermanagh drowning victim was 'big gentle giant'

A County Fermanagh man who drowned in the Massachusetts town of Mansfield has been described as a "big, gentle giant" by his mother.

Derrylin man Caolan Winterson had moved to Boston for work just days after his 23rd birthday in May.

He was removed from a pool during a party on Saturday night and taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

His mother Mary said he was held in the highest regard by all the community.

"Caolan was a beautiful, handsome, six foot six, lovely fella in every way," she said.

Mrs Winterson said he was a keen Gaelic footballer, as well as a cyclist and a runner.

He had been working for Invest NI in Boston.

"He loved Boston. He went out last year on holiday to Boston, New York and Las Vegas and just fell in love with Boston, and decided then he would go out for the year," Mrs Winterson said.

She said the family were "devastated and heartbroken" by what had happened.

"Derrylin and the wider community are just left saddened and devastated," Mrs Winterson said.

"He had a part-time job in the Spar shop and the customers, especially the older ladies, just loved him, because he would have brought the shopping out for them.

"Meeting him once, you would have remembered him.

"He was 23 and he brought us so much joy and happiness in his short life and he really made us proud of all his achievements."