Donegal cliff fall victim named

Published Monday, 18 August 2014
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Gardaí have confirmed the man who died after falling into the water at Fanad Head lighthouse in Co Donegal was John McCourt from Co Antrim.

The 58-year-old died after he fell 50ft into the sea while he was taking photographs close to the lighthouse with another man on Sunday afternoon.

Mr McCourt, who was from Antrim, was a member of the town's camera club.

Following his fall two lifeboats were launched by Lough Swilly RNLI for the rescue just before 3pm.

The Irish Coastguard helicopter from Sligo also attended the scene and airlifted Mr McCourt to Letterkenny General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Charlie McAleer, chair of the Antrim Camera Club said news of the death came as a great shock.

He added: "Many of our members just can't believe that it is our John McCourt that has died.

"He really loved photography and loved travelling around the province taking pictures. He had a great passion for it and a real talent.

"He was a real hospitable character and our thoughts go out to his family. We are a very close community and we are all feeling it."

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jay in Ireland wrote (44 days ago):
RIP
WALTER in EAST BELFAST. wrote (44 days ago):
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. LORD BLESS.
Valerie in Ballymena wrote (44 days ago):
Our prayers are with mr mc courts. Family at this sad time. A man out doing what he enjoyed taking photos and this tragic accident occurred . How sad
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