Belfast Telegraph

Funeral of schoolboy Conall O'Hare who died in Downpatrick car crash

By Victoria Leonard

The funeral has taken place of Northern Ireland teenager Conall O'Hare who was killed in car accident outside Downpatrick, Co Down, on Tuesday April 18.

Conall, from Castlewellan, was a Year 14 A-level student at St Patrick's Grammar School in Downpatrick. He died after a single-vehicle collision on the Ballydugan Road, just days after his 18th birthday.

His funeral was held at St Patrick's Curch, Bryansford and he was buried in the adjoining cemtery.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the Peugeot 207 he was driving crashed close to the Lake Road junction at around 10.30pm.

The young man's friends from St Patrick's Grammar School  formed a guard of honour at the funeral.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Conall's aunt, Nora McMahon, described him as a "lovely, helpful, thoughtful and caring" young man who was hoping to go to Queen's University to study Economics and Business Studies in September.

"It been very hard, especially for his mum Linda. Conall only turned 18 a week and a half ago and to go from such a lovely occasion to burying him is a total shock," she said.

"Conall was the most perfect nephew, he was a great young fella who was family-orientated.

"Everything was going well for him. He was doing his A-levels. He was very intelligent, he was hoping to go to Queen's and he wanted to get three As. He had talked to me about going to university several times.

"He was very excited as he wanted to be an accountant and he was planning to move up to Belfast. It would have been his first time away from home.

"He had played for Newcastle Football Club's junior team for 10 years but when he started his A-levels he decided to focus on them instead, he was very focused and responsible. He was all chuffed as he had been offered a job in Subway to save up for university."


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