I was reading Tommy Fegan’s column in today’s Reporter (The Pure Drop – highly recommended) when I suddenly came across a touching reference to Stefoin Loughran, who you may know was recently brutally stabbed to death in Derrybeg Park.
Only then did I realise I was acquainted with the victim (photo here). Stevie had been the backbone of the highly-acclaimed session in the Railway Bar that I have so often commended on this site.
I will quote Tommy’s words:
Stevie was an affable, friendly and welcoming character who always enjoyed greeting new musicians to the sessions.
He will be sorely missed, and musicians and patrons alike extend their sincere condolences to his grieving family.’
I would like to add my great personal regret.