Council online book of condolence for locals to add their sympathy to Cookstown tragedy families

Council online book of condolence for locals to add their sympathy to Cookstown tragedy families

Northern Ireland has been rocked by the tragic deaths of (from left) Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.

Joanne Ross


Joanne Ross

A book of condolence has been opened for people living in the Banbridge and Rathfriland areas to offer their sympathy to the families of Cookstown tragedy victims. 

Three teenagers Morgan Barnard (17), Lauren Bullock (17) and Connor Currie (16) lost their lives on St Patrick's Day after being crushed in a 'stampede' as they queued to get into the Greenvale Hotel. 
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Julie Flaherty, has opened an online book of condolence so that members of the public can join the outpouring of grief from across Northern Ireland and express their heartfelt sympathy with the families .

“Our prayers are with the grieving families and friends of Lauren Bullock, Morgan Barnard and Connor Currie, and indeed the wider community that has been deeply affected by this terrible tragedy. I know that a number of young people from our borough were also present at the event, with some injured on the night and many left traumatised.

"Having lived and worked in Cookstown myself and knowing the people of this area, I know they will rally around and throw their arms around the families and teenagers affected. Our young people need support, and we need to be looking out for each other at times like this.

"With this in mind I have decided to open an online book of condolence to allow the public and especially young people who were there to leave a message of sympathy.

"This may only be a small gesture but may provide an outlet for our young people to express their feelings, and perhaps provide some comfort in the months ahead for the families of those who lost their lives.”

The book of condolence can be found and your comment added at

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