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Noah Donohoe: United in tragedy ... ten days that changed north Belfast

The disappearance of tragic teenager Noah Donohoe prompted a remarkable outpouring of unity in an area long known for its divisions. Ivan Little reports

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Outpouring of grief: tragic schoolboy Noah Donohoe

Outpouring of grief: tragic schoolboy Noah Donohoe

Noah's mum Fiona with her sister Niamh at his funeral

Noah's mum Fiona with her sister Niamh at his funeral

Flowers left on the gate of Saint Malachy’s College

Flowers left on the gate of Saint Malachy’s College

Friends and relatives at Noah’s funeral

Friends and relatives at Noah’s funeral

Stephen Hamilton

United stand: Search and rescue teams in north Belfast hunt for the teenager

United stand: Search and rescue teams in north Belfast hunt for the teenager

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Pastor Frankie Weir

Pastor Frankie Weir

Outpouring of grief: tragic schoolboy Noah Donohoe

Church pastor Frankie Weir didn't restrict himself to just leading the prayers beseeching higher powers to ensure the safe return of tragic Belfast teenager Noah Donohoe to his mother in recent days.

Instead, the north Belfast cleric also spent hours searching the streets for the missing youngster, unaware that, all the while, his body was lying in a storm drain in shrubland in the Northwood Road area off the Shore Road, where Pastor Weir lives.

The pastor was just one of hundreds of people from both sides of the north Belfast divide who forgot any differences they might have had to look for the St Malachy's College student after his mystery disappearance 13 days ago following a bicycle ride through the city.