Northern Ireland

Barry McQuaid's family 'devastated' by building site death

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Media captionFr Patrick MacEntee said Mr McQuaid was devoted to his family

The family of a 34-year-old man who died in a workplace incident in County Fermanagh are "devastated" by his death, the family's priest has said.

Barry McQuaid was injured in the incident on a building site at GAA club in Ederney on Friday. It is understood he died at the scene.

He was married with three children and lived in Dromore, County Tyrone.

Fr Patrick MacEntee from St Davog's Catholic Church said Mr McQuaid was "totally devoted to his family".

"It has been devastating for his family - his wife and children, parents and grandmother. They all live nearby and were a very close family," he said.

Image caption Barry Mc Quaid, from Dromore in County Tyrone, died at the site on Friday

Fr MacEntee said Mr McQuaid's eldest child is seven and his youngest is about 14-months-old.

He said: "Barry was a very well-respected, likable fellow, very enterprising. He was involved in doing a lot for himself and others, a very reliable young man.

"He was very much part of the community and was one of my go-to men for getting things done, practical things, Barry was your man.

"He also had a great interest in farming. He is greatly missed at this early stage."

Fr MacEntee said he was well known within the Dromore community.

"It has been the only thing talked about here since yesterday and everyone is genuinely and deeply shocked by it," he added.

Image caption The incident happened at a GAA club in Ederney

Sinn Féin councillor Stephen McCann described Mr McQuaid as a "hardworking, family-oriented young man".

"He was well-respected and well-liked. This news has just shocked and saddened the Dromore and Trillick areas," he told BBC News NI.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) said it was "aware of an incident in the Fermanagh area and is investigating".

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