Fellow show dog competitors stood both proud and tearful last week to bid farewell to the twelve year old champion dog handler who was tragically killed in a scrambler bike accident last week.
Daniel Mooney, from the Antrim Road area in north Belfast, was a pillion passenger of a scrambler when it crashed in Mountcoole Park last Monday, May 16.
The Irish Kennel Club formed the 'Guard of Honour' outside the schoolboy’s Alliance Parade home last Thursday, May 19.
Daniel was a keen member of the Irish Kennel Club and a large number of the mourners formed the guard of honour with their pedigree dogs along the cortege's route.
On top of his coffin was a rosette wreath bearing a picture of Daniel with his pet Rotweiller ‘Lady’, along with the helmet for his own quad bike. Tragically, his father had warned him not to get on the scrambler and he was not wearing the helmet when he was thrown from the bike.
Andrew Paul Morrow, 32, from Ardoyne Road, appeared in court in Belfast last week charged with causing his death by dangerous driving.
Mr Morrow, a window cleaner, faces seven charges in connection with the fatal accident.that include driving while disqualified, without insurance and while unfit through drink or drugs.
He is also charged with failing to stop, failing to remain and failing to report an accident.