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Cullyhanna family recall how ‘lives shattered before us’ as they prepare 10th anniversary memorial walk

Conor McCooey Cullyhanna

The family of a young Cullyhanna man who died suddenly while celebrating a Father’s Day dinner have organised a fundraiser on what will be the 10th anniversary of his passing.

On June 17, 2012, Conor McCooey travelled to Crossmaglen to watch his beloved Cullyhanna take on their fierce rivals in a Senior League match.

“He was a happy man coming home as Cullyhanna won that day by a point,” the family have recalled in their fundraising post.

“Later that afternoon our family set off for a meal to celebrate Father’s Day. As we happily sat around the dinner table enjoying the craic, within an instant, Conor took his last breath and had left us. Our whole lives shattered before us.

“A lot of you will know the impact this has had on our family. We are immensely close and are now forever heartbroken.
We decided this year on Conor’s 10th anniversary to raise funds for the Crossmaglen and District First Responders.

“If you can support us in any way at all it would be greatly appreciated. This is a vital service in our area and as a community, we need to help them to help us.”

On June 25, the McCooey family have organised a very special memorial walk which will take place in Co Fermanagh at ‘The stairway to heaven trail’.

You can contact the family here if you wish to get involved.

“Conor was a fantastic young man, full of energy and craic. He was known, loved and now missed by so many.”

You can donate to the fundraising appeal here.

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