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Tribute Father of Brendan Óg O’Dufaigh recalls 'devastation' he felt the night of son's tragic accident

The 19-year-old, known affectionately as Ogie, was tragically killed in a car accident last month just hours after he helped his team to victory against Donegal in the Ulster Championship semi-final

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Brendan Og O'Dufaigh

Brendan Og O'Dufaigh

Brendan Og O'Dufaigh

The father of tragic Monaghan teenager Brendan Óg O’Dufaigh has recalled the “devastation” he felt the night of his son’s accident.

The 19-year-old, known affectionately as Ogie, was tragically killed in a car accident last month just hours after he helped his team to victory against Donegal in the Ulster Championship semi-final.

His father Brendan spoke to Philip Boucher-Hayes on RTÉ’s Today and held back tears as he paid tribute to his late son.

“Ogie was playing at Brewster Park Enniskillen at 9.30pm and he was dead two hours later,” he said.

“The emergency services were at the scene of the accident within minutes, and they did everything that they could to save Ogie's life.

“My older daughter Claire and I got a call and we were out at the scene pretty fast.

“One of the mentors of the team phoned me and I talked about the second half turnaround of the match because Monaghan had been doing pretty poorly and he cut me off and told me that he was not here to talk to me about the match, but Ogie was in an accident.”

Brendan explained that, in the car, he and Claire assumed that Ogie may have broken his legs but “never dreamt that his life would be in peril or that he would be dead.”

He continued: “We saw him sitting up in the car with a paramedic holding his head up straight

“He looked peaceful, he was unconscious and possibly dead but I didn't take that in.

“I'm not sure if that was shock or denial of a combination of both, but I spoke to him in Irish... but he didn't respond.

“He was possibly dead at that stage but I didn't recognise that and I didn't understand that.

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“I was pulled away from the scene by the services as they pulled his body away from the car. I felt useless that there was nothing I could do.

“Maybe an hour later they were working on him on the side of the road for possibly an hour.

Brendan shared that finding out his son had died was the “most horrible moment” of his life.

“A sergeant approached me, she sat me down at the side of the road and she said to me, ‘I'm sorry’ and that was enough; I knew Ogie was dead.

“It was the most horrible, horrible moment of my life to be told that my 19-year-old son, my only son was dead.

“I was led into an ambulance where I had to formally identify his body. That was difficult to articulate and I had to confirm that this is the body of my son Ogie.”

He added that he finds it extremely difficult to come to terms with his son’s passing.

“We think of Ogie when we wake up in the morning and we think of him last think of night. Thoughts of him are all consuming. It's easy to articulate the sentences that Ogie is dead and he won't be coming back but do I really know and realise that? I'm not sure.”

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