Tributes to Co Down crash victim

Published Friday, 21 March 2014
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A 14-year-old boy who died in a road crash in Banbridge has been described by his school principal as a "very talented and highly respected pupil".

Tributes to Co Down crash victim
Mark being awarded U14 footballer of the year at a club awards night. (© Aghaderg GAC)

Mark Colgan has been named as the young teenager who was fatally struck by a van near a bus stop, while on his way to school, on Scarva Road on Thursday just before 8am.

A 30-year-old man who was driving the van was arrested on Thursday, but was later released without charge.

Cormac McKinney, headmaster of St Colman's College in Newry, said the school has been "shocked and saddened" by the tragic death, adding that Mark was a "much valued member of our school community".

"He demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment in all areas of school life and will be sadly missed by his many friends, classmates and staff," Mr McKinney said.

"The thoughts and prayers of the entire College community are with Mark's family and friends at this very difficult time."

A statement from Aghaderg/Ballyvarley GAA club said it was with "deep regret" that they learned of the young Gaelic player's death and passed on their condolences to his family and the wider community.

Club chairman Kieran Lennon described him as "an enthusiastic and talented footballer and hurler who played a huge part in our underage teams".

"He was also a quiet and unassuming young man who always had a smile on his face. His family have been at the cornerstone of our club since its foundation," he said.

A funeral mass will be held for Mark at St Mary's Church, Lisnagade, Co Down on Sunday.

© UTV News
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Belfast in Belfast wrote (310 days ago):
Im so so sorry for this family's loss. I've teenage boys and cant begin to imagine their grief.
Down in Down wrote (310 days ago):
Its very sad for all involved
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