Darren O’Neill died in the hospital two days after suffering an attack on Tyrella Beach
Darren O’Neill is being remembered fondly by his friends and family after passing away this weekend following an incident at Tyrella Beach in Co Down.
O’Neill, a native of West Belfast, died on Saturday, June 29. He had been in the hospital since Thursday evening after he was subject to a “one-punch attack” at Tyrella Beach in Downpatrick, Co Down.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland [PSNI] said in a tweet before O’Neill’s death that they have arrested a 21-year-old male in relation to the incident.
Detectives investigating a one punch type incident at Tyrella Beach on Thursday have charged a 21 year old man with grievous bodily harm. He is due to appear at Downpatrick MC on Thurs 25th July. A 22 year old man remains in a critical condition in hospital following the incident— PSNI (@PoliceServiceNI) June 29, 2019
In a statement, local Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard said: “There is shock and sadness in the local community following the death of a 22-year-old man in an incident in Tyrella beach.
“A police investigation is underway and that must be allowed to proceed.
“My thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of this young man at this tragic time.”
Darren O'Neill remembered fondly
Nikita O’Neill, one of Darren’s sisters, thanked everyone for their support:
As a family we can’t thank everyone enough tonight in the meet for coming up and showing their respect for darren...Publiée par Nikita O'Neill sur Dimanche 30 juin 2019
Mick Kerr said his cousin Darren has gained his "angel wings:"
After a hard fought lot of days, you gained your angel wings. Too most people we were just cousin, but to me, you were a...Publiée par Mick Kerr sur Samedi 29 juin 2019
Never ever thot that i would write this stuck for worlds you were the best Darren Oneill look over everyone and your family love youPubliée par Hassan Dneni sur Samedi 29 juin 2019
The Belfast Telegraph reports another cousin Michelle Kerr having said she and her family have been left "absolutely heartbroken."
She continued: "My family have been torn into a million pieces and for what?
"Darren please give us all the strength to get through this nightmare!
"Sleep tight our beautiful angel."
Holy Trinity Youth Centre in West Belfast, where Darren used to be a member, said they were devastated about his passing:
All of us here at Holy Trinity Youth Centre - Members, Staff and Management Committee - are absolutely devastated to...Publiée par HolyTrinity YouthCentre sur Lundi 1 juillet 2019
The Shamrock Football Club, where Darren's sisters play, offered their condolences:
All at Shamrock FC would like to pass on their sincerest condolences to two of our ladies players, Danielle & Nikita O'...Publiée par Shamrock Football Club sur Samedi 29 juin 2019
Similarly, St James' Swifts football club, where Darren's brother Kyle is a player, held a minute's silence in his memory at their annual presentation awards night on Saturday: