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Belfast man dies while on holiday in Central America

Gaelic footballer Michael McLean died after a hiking accident in Nicaragua at the weekend.
Aug 24th 2011, 8:03 AM 597 1

A YOUNG NORTHERN Irish man has died following a hiking accident in Nicaragua on Sunday.

The Irish News (print edition) reports that Michael McLean died in the arms of his younger brother after falling and hitting his head while on a guided expedition.

The 28-year-old had recently graduated from Hope University in Liverpool with a teaching qualification.

According to Maeve Connolly’s report in The Irish News he had travelled to Central America with his brother Conor for a holiday.

McLean played Gaelic football and hurling with the St Agnes GAC in Belfast. The club paid tribute to the young man, describing him as a “gentleman” who “will always be remembered in the history and the hearts of our members”.

Members and friends have paid tribute to the young trainee teacher on the club’s website.

Family members travelled to Nicaragua last night to arrange for the repatriation of his body.

Read more in Maeve Connolly’s report in The Irish News (print edition) >

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