The parishes of Killoe and Ballinalee have been plunged into sadness this week following the tragic death of Mark Lennon in New York.
Mr Lennon (30) was killed after a boat on which he was a passenger smashed into a construction barge on a New York river last weekend.
Mark Lennon’s father Kevin hails from Killoe and his mother Dympna (nee Ward) is a native of Ballinalee, and both hold strong family ties to the parishes.
Mr Lennon was a member of a party of six friends whose speed boat crashed on the Hudson River last Friday night. Mr Lennon’s friend Lindsey Stewart (30) also died in the crash.
Lindsey was due to be married on August 10 to Brian Bond who was seriously injured in the boat crash.
The deceased was due to be the best man at the wedding in just over two weeks’ time.
“This is just dreadful,” Mr Lennon’s aunt, Maureen Bracken told the Leader on Monday.
“Everyone is so upset over what has happened; it is so very sad.”
Mark Lennon was born and reared in upstate New York, after his parents emigrated to the States in the 1970s.
He has one older brother, Raymond.
The family retained strong links with County Longford over the years.
Kevin Lennon, Mark’s father was a member of the Killoe senior football team in the mid 1970s and a key player on a side that achieved a number of accolades during that era. Mark’s uncle, Vincent resides in Killoe and his aunt Maureen Bracken lives in Ballinalee.
The driver of the boat,
Jojo John, was charged Saturday with vehicular manslaughter and three counts of vehicular assault.