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Hollywood star's tribute to NI journalist
Donna Ferguson was a journalist
Journalist Donna Ferguson was killed in a road accident
Hollywood actor-turned student Martin Sheen has paid tribute to a young Northern Ireland journalist who died in a car crash earlier this week.

The film and TV star - who starred in the hit US series The West Wing - remembered Donna Ferguson who was a fellow student at Galway University.

Donna, from Belleek, died in a collision involving her car, a van and a lorry close to where she lived on Tuesday. Her funeral took place in her home town on Friday.

On the day of the accident, the 24-year-old had been on her way to work at a radio station in Omagh during a four-week study break from NUIG, where she was studying for a post-graduate qualification in journalism.

Speaking at a special university film screening of his latest movie entitled Bobby, Sheen said he wanted to share with them a story of a young lady he had met during his time there.

Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen paid tribute to fellow student Donna Ferguson

He recalled how she had started the magazine and had wanted to feature him on the front cover.

He said Donna had successfully tracked him down and got the scoop she wanted for the magazine's first issue.

After his tribute, Sheen asked the audience to observe a moment's silence in her memory and also in memory of another student who had died in the recent past.

He is expected to finish his studies at Galway University before Christmas and is due to return to the US.

Sheen has played President Josiah Bartlet in The West Wing since 1999. His big screen roles have included Apocalypse Now and Gandhi.

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