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Funeral of tragic Cloughmills car crash victim Adam Gilmour takes place

By Ricky Thompson

The funeral of an eight-year-old boy has taken place five days after he was struck and killed by a car in Co Antrim

Adam Gilmour was walking to school with his mother and five siblings when they were knocked down in the village of Cloughmills on Tuesday morning.

The boy's funeral, which was held at Killymurris Presbyterian Church in Glarryford, was delayed so that his badly injured mother Hanna could attend.

One of his siblings was not present as they are still being cared for in hospital.

The service was conducted my Rev. C McDowell, who fought back tears, saying: “Adam loved his time at school. He was a character in his class.

“Adam was taken from us all very suddenly and very tragically. Today we thank God for his short but full life and the joy and the happiness that Adam brought to his family.”

Adam’s sister Chloe read an excerpt from a booklet put together by Adam’s primary school class.

She read: “Adam’s favourite colour was red. Adam was a Chelsea supporter. Adam wanted to be a farmer. Adam was my best friend.”

TUV leader Jim Allister was previously contacted by Hanna, who warned him about the dangers of the road, saying her children would one day be “wiped out”.

He said Adam’s death will have impacted many: “It reaches of course, not just the family but the whole school community and I know from speaking to staff and the pupils there, just how hard this is for everyone.”

Neighbours said she brought the children to the centre of the village every day for onward transport to schools.

Adam was later buried at Ballee Cemetery in Ballymena. 

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