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Gary Askin: The North Monaghan area has been stunned once again by the death of a young person and another family is in deep mourning at the loss of a young family member. On Wednesday evening. September 13th. brothers, Gary and Stephen Askin, were at work along with all the other employees at Cornacreeve Mushrooms outside the village. They lived about 100 yards away along the Main Road and being beside home had many advantages, one being that they could run home for lunch and dinner. The details of the events leading to the tragic end of Gary's life and the injuries to other employees, including Gary's brother Stephen, on Wednesday evening around 8.00pm are unclear as yet and the Gardai and HSA personnel are investigating the timeline of what happened but it appears that some of them were working in the Wood Pellet Silo and Gary, who was very experienced in the work of the Mushroom Plant, went to the silo and, after helping Stephen and the others to exit the silo due to fumes, he himself was overcome and remained trapped in the silo. The call for help was raised and ambulances and units of the Monaghan Fire Brigade rushed to the scene. The paramedics began treating the others and some of them were then rushed to hospital while the Brigade personnel worked to gain sufficient access to the silo to release Gary but by then it was too late and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Many of the workers were present as were many of his close friends, who had heard of the accident. It was also a terrible time for his parents as they were on the scene as well.
As the news spread throughout the community there was disbelief, shock and a deep sadness that this had happened to such a wonderful person and such a loving family. Gary was extremely well known in the community and had a huge circle of close friends. He was a member of the Emyvale GAA club with which he played for many years from juvenile to senior team and was joined by his other brothers Brendan and Stephen. He was also a member of the Glaslough Harriers and was a top class athlete winning many awards and showing a great commitment to the sport. He was a humorous young man with a quick wit and loved fun and had a pleasant, happy and joyful personality which attracted friends to his company. As an employee he was exemplary and highly thought of by his employer and he loved his work. His remains were removed to Navan Hospital for post mortem which was to be carried out on Friday morning. He will then repose at his home from 4.00pm on Friday until removal to St. Patrick's Church, Corracrin, on Sunday morning for 11.30am Mass with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam naofa.
To his father and mother, Eddie and Geraldine; to his sister, Laura; to his brothers Brendan and Stephen; to his girl-friend, Aoife; to his aunts and uncles and relatives; and to his wide circle of friends we offer our sincere sympathy. We also add our sympathy to his employer and colleagues at work as I am well aware of the devastation this accident has brought to their lives as well. We wish a speedy recovery to Stephen and the others who suffered as a result of the accident.

Annamarie Colton: It is with a heavy heart that I report the death of Annamarie Colton, Lakeview, Emyvale, which occurred on Saturday, September 9th 2017. Annamarie has been in poor health for some time and knew what the future held for her. She faced her passing with unbelievable courage, fortitude and bravery. Those of us who had the honour of spending the time with her, especially the night of friends in the Hillgrove, will cherish the moments we spent in her presence. She was a terrific example to all. Despite and possibly because of her own battle with cancer, she was constantly enquiring about me during my treatment and called to the house when I came home leaving me a beautiful present which I will hold forever dear. She was a wonderful person and she had so many good friends who are all devastated at the news of her passing. However her death brings greatest sadness to her family: her children, Dwayne and Clodagh; her mother, Meena; her brothers, John Paul, Gerard and Mark; her aunts and uncles and cousins; to David; and to her wide circle of relatives. To them all we extend sincere sympathy at this very sad time. Annamarie's remains will repose at her home in Lakeview, Emyvale, tomorrow Sunday from 2.00pm until 10.00pm tomorrow night. Her funeral takes place at 11.00am in the Holy Family Church, Ballyoisin, on Monday with burial beside her father and two brothers in the adjoining cemetery after Mass.

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