I called up on Thursday night to sign the book of condolence in Ballynahinch for the Spence Family . I never personally met the Spence family but along with others I was greatly moved by the tragedy and shed tears for the family in their grief. I thought it was a great idea to allow the community of people like myself who wanted to express their thoughts and prayers but more importantly to allow those who did know and love the members of this family personally to express their grief and to meet with others who share their sadness and those who they can talk to about their grief. It is often difficult for young men to talk about sadness and it is my belief that this book of condolence has allowed people to physically go somewhere and do something to let a little of their grief out. I congratulate Ballynahinch Rugby Club on their community spirit and all the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure the club was opened for use of the community. Many thanks to you all and to the Spence family know that the hundreds that signed this book have done so to let you know that you remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim Shannon MP
34a Frances Street