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Event at O'Sullivan's Raises Funds to Help Fly Damien Scanlan's Body Home

Food and drink sales, raffles and a silent auction will benefit Damien's Fund.

Damien Scanlan died Friday, Jan. 17 in Herndon. (Photo: Courtesy of O'Sullivan's)
Damien Scanlan died Friday, Jan. 17 in Herndon. (Photo: Courtesy of O'Sullivan's)
Many in Herndon have been mourning the passing of a beloved member of the community.

On Friday morning, the body of Damien Patrick Scanlan, 30, was discovered in the creek near Center and Locust streets.

Scanlan, originally from Ireland, had worked at the popular O'Sullivan's Irish Pub in downtown Herndon for the past two years, said Enda Browne, the pub's manager.

"He was the nicest guy you'd ever meet," Browne told Patch.

This Thursday, Jan. 23, O'Sullivan's will host an all-day fundraiser to help pay the costs of Scanlan's casket and trip home to Ireland, where he can be buried near family.

Browne said 100 percent of sales all day Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., will be donated to Damien's Fund to help get their friend and co-worker back home.

In addition, from 6 to 10 p.m. that evening, the pub will host raffles and a silent auction, with many prizes already donated by local businesses and community members.

"The whole of Herndon will miss him," said Browne.

O'Sullivan's is located at 754 Elden St. in downtown Herndon. For more information, call the pub at 703-464-0522.


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Danielle Denhardt January 22, 2014 at 09:23 AM
Thank you so much for posting the fundraiser! I know all of his friends here in the US and his friends and family in Ireland are grateful. Enda also said that anyone who would like to make a donation by credit card can call the pub on Thursday.
N.C.A January 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Do anyone know how he died yet?
N.C.A January 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM
R.I.P Damien. .. May God give the family the comfort and strength.
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) January 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Thanks for mentioning that Danielle! To Norma - last we heard, the medical examiner was still working on determining cause of death. As soon as it is reported, we will report it to all of you. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Damian Ruddy January 23, 2014 at 03:16 PM
The Kevin Bell Repatriaition Trust are also assisting the Scanlan family with repatriaition costs. Please spread the word that KBRT exists to alleviate financial hardship of Irish families who lose loved ones abroad. Follow us on twitter @KBRT2013
S - Herndon January 24, 2014 at 11:57 AM
There was a HUGE turnout for this event! Very touching to see the outpouring of support. Hopefully the patch has some photos and stories from the event. I know facebook certainly does.

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