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Friday 20 October 2017

'Give yourself up' grieving brother tells death driver

THE family of a man killed in a hit-and-run have appealed for the driver to come forward.

Alan McSherry's brother said that those responsible for his death "will never be able to live with themselves".

"Not only have those responsible ripped one family apart, they have also ripped the community of Bundoran apart," Terence McSherry said.

The 48-year-old's funeral brought the Donegal town to a standstill yesterday as mourners remembered an Englishman who travelled the world before falling in love with the town.

The community support following the death has helped ease the family's heartache, Fr Thomas Keogan said.

 

Cortege

Mr McSherry was knocked down and killed outside Bundoran last Sunday.

Hundreds of mourners packed into the Star of the Sea Church after following Mr McSherry's cortege down the town's main street.

His widow Jo, supported by family and friends, walked behind the coffin.

Last night Alan's brother Terence called on the driver to come forward: "They will never be able to live with themselves; the only way we will get closure is if they come forward."

Terence said he had wonderful memories of his brother.

"We family members would all come to Bundoran as often as we could and Alan would have us all out trying new things."

Mr McSherry, originally from Birkenhead, was a man who loved life and lived it to the full, said Fr Keogan.

He met his wife Jo when they were both 19. They had lived a life of adventure together, he said.

"They travelled the world, touching many famous parts and changed so many people's lives," said the parish priest.

"Alan was a keen surfer, cyclist, mountain-climber and travelled the world looking for the best spots to fulfil his needs for what the family called adrenaline sports.

"Alan and Jo left Birkenhead with a tour of Europe planned, but once in Bundoran their love of the town and people they met kept them here for 13 years," said Fr Keogan.

The couple had become a part of the community.

 

Handyman

The congregation laughed when Fr Keogan said the dead man became known as the town's best handyman, adding: "He could fix a leaking tap and if you were locked out of your house, he would break in for you."

Mr McSherry's remains will be taken to England today for cremation.

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