Many glowing tributes have been paid this week to a highly regarded mechanic and talented actor who died tragically following a road traffic accident.
28-year-old Damien Rogan, who worked at the Bus Éireann garage in Longford town and was a member of the Mostrim Players amateur drama group in Edgeworthstown, was well known and widely respected throughout counties Longford and Leitrim and his death evoked much shock.
The native of Tooman, Mohill, lost his life after the motorcycle he was travelling on collided with a jeep towing a trailer at the townland of Longstone on the R202 between Fenagh and Ballinamore last Wednesday afternoon, March 18, at approximately 3pm.
Mr Rogan was pronounced dead at the scene before his body was removed to Sligo Regional Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
St Michael’s Church, Bornacoola was overflowing with mourners at his Requiem Mass last Saturday afternoon which was celebrated by Rev Gerry O’Brien assisted by Rev John Quinn, Rev Pat Murphy, Rev Michael Campbell and Rev Pat Lennon. Damien’s work colleagues from Bus Eireann formed a guard of honour and he was laid to rest afterwards in Gortletteragh Cemetery.
Damien is the youngest son of Eamon and Helen Rogan. His mother Helen is a native of Longford town. Deepest sympathy is extended to his parents, brother Adrian, sisters Maria and Edel, girlfriend Vanessa Flood, brothers-in-law Shane and Barry, uncles, aunts, niece, nephews, work colleagues at Bus Éireann, neighbours and many friends.
Damien served his apprenticeship as a mechanic with Bus Éireann, and had spent almost four-and-a-half-years at the company. He completed his apprenticeship last December and was working on contract since then, based at Bus Éireann’s garage in Longford.
A company spokesperson commented: “Bus Éireann staff locally in Longford, and the wider company management, express their deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Damien Rogan.”
Damien enjoyed performing on stage with Mostrim Players, endearing himself to audiences with his penchant for comedy.
His girlfriend Vanessa Flood is the Chairperson of the Edgeworthstown based drama group and she has been associated with many arts and drama projects in Longford.
Mostrim Players posted the following poignant tribute on their Facebook page.
“Mostrim Players would like to extend its deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the Rogan family and our Chairwoman, Vanessa Flood on the tragic death of Damien Rogan following a road accident.
“Damien was a valued member of our group and appeared in ‘The Carnival at Glenaduff’ last August and also in our first production ‘An American Wake’ two years ago.
“He was a good friend and a natural actor who will be sadly missed by us all.”
Motorcycle enthusiast Damien also engaged in valuable charity work and he helped raised much needed funds by participating in the Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Movember’ campaign.
Anyone with any information about last week’s crash is asked to contact Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station on 071-9650510, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111, or any Garda station.Following the collision, the R202 between Fenagh and Ballinamore was closed until the afternoon of Thursday, March 19 to facilitate a forensic collision investigation.