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Funeral of Glasgow helicopter crash victim John McGarrigle takes place

The funeral of Mr McGarrigle (left) will be held in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow and PC Collins will be laid to rest on Arran
The funerals of Mr McGarrigle (left) and PC Collins will take place today

THE funeral of John McGarrigle who died in the Glasgow helicopter crash takes place today.

Mourners are attending a mass at St Bartholomew’s RC Church in Glasgow, followed by a service at Linn Crematorium.

Mr McGarrigle, 57, was in The Clutha on Stockwell Street on November 29 when the Police Scotland helicopter crashed into it, killing nine people.

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He had roots in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and was a popular Glasgow poet who had written about the city and its working classes.

Mr McGarrigle was said by his son John Jr to have always sat in the same seat at the pub where he had been a regular customer for several years.

The funeral of PC Tony Collins, 43, also takes place today and he will be laid to rest at a ceremony on the Isle of Arran.

The officer was part of the crew of the helicopter.

The funerals of two other men who were in the pub at the time, Mark O’Prey, 44, and Gary Arthur, 48, were held on Monday, while the helicopter’s pilot, Captain David Traill, who was 51, was remembered at a service at Glasgow University on Saturday.

PC Kirsty Nelis, 36, was also a member of the crew who died.

The three other people who were killed when the pub was struck by the aircraft were Robert Jenkins, 61, Colin Gibson, 33, and Samuel McGhee, 56.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has begun its inquiry into the crash and investigators have said they found no evidence of a “major” engine or gear box failure in the police helicopter.

 

 

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