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Tributes to two popular Tipperary men

Colm Ennis from Waterford and Peter Britton, an engineer with Tipperary County Council, living in Clonmel, who died in a fall on Mont Blanc in the French Alps at the weekend. The two are pictured on a previous climb they undertook as members of Rathgormack Climbing Club.

Colm Ennis from Waterford and Peter Britton, an engineer with Tipperary County Council, living in Clonmel, who died in a fall on Mont Blanc in the French Alps at the weekend. The two are pictured on a previous climb they undertook as members of Rathgormack Climbing Club.

Tributes have been pouring in this week following the tragic deaths of two well known

Tipperary men, in separate falling accidents.

GAA man Dermot Hogan, and Co. Council Engineer Peter Britton died within days of each other, in separate incidents in Co. Offaly and Mt. Blanc, France.

The death of Mr Hogan, the Heath, Roscrea and formerly of Ballywilliam, Nenagh occasioned great sadness throughout Tipperary and particularly in GAA circles where the deceased was very well known and highly respected.

Aged 45, Dermot died following a tragic accident on the family farm at Coolderry having fallen from a roof which he was painting on Thursday evening. Efforts by emergency services to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene. There was a huge outpouring of sympathy following the news and crowds flocked to Coolderry for the wake on Saturday evening followed by Funeral Mass and burial on Sunday morning. At the time of his passing, Dermot was Manager of the Offaly U-21 hurling team and had been extensively involved in his native Burgess club in former years - his father Kieran is a former Chairman of the club. There was a huge GAA presence from both sides of the border at the funeral and great tributes were paid to man who gave much and asked little in return.His brother Eugene is a former journalist with The Tipperary Star, The Nenagh Guardian and The Irish Independent, having covered news and sport during his career. Dermot is survived by his wife Marie, daughters Lisa, Rachel and Ciara; his father and mother Kieran and Margaret; brothers Kevin and Eugene, relatives and many friends. Meanwhile, Mr Britton (55) died while climbing Mt Blanc with a friend on Sunday in an area known as the Giant’s Tooth, which rises to 4,000m. Mr Britton, a senior roads engineer with Tipperary County Council, was an experienced climber from Clonmel, while his colleague, Colm Ennis (37), from Co. Waterford, had worked in Bulmers in Clonmel for some time. Continued on page 3.

 
 
 

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