Tributes paid to teenager who died in Lanzarote tragedy


Tributes have been paid to the young Ballaghaderreen man who died in a tragic moped accident in Lanzarote on Saturday, January 13th.

  The 18-year-old was holidaying with family in the popular resort on the Canary Islands when he was involved in the fatal accident last Friday, according to local sources.

  The young man has since been named as Stephen O’Gara, from Aughurine Moyne in Ballaghaderreen. Mr. O’Gara had been undertaking a carpentry apprenticeship in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and had attended St. Nathy’s College until fourth year.

  A friend of the family said that he was an only child and flew to Lanzarote with his mother and grandparents last Thursday.

  Prayers were said for the repose of his soul at Mass in St. Nathy’s College on Tuesday.

  St. Nathy’s Principal, Declan Dunne, paid touching tribute to the young man earlier this week.

  “Stephen was a lovable guy, a really decent individual who had a lovely, infectious smile. He had a glint in his eye and he brightened up the room. You couldn’t get mad or stay mad at him because he’d win you over.

  “I was just thinking about this the other day: there aren’t too many teenagers who would go away on holiday with their mother and grandparents. That just shows you the kind of person he was,” Mr. Dunne said.

  The community in Ballaghaderreen is devastasted by the tragedy.