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Niall O'Hanlon funeral: Stunned Co Down community gather to pay farewell to talented footballer

The funeral of a young footballer, described as "the heartbeat, life and soul" of his home village and football club, has taken place in Co Down.

Niall O'Hanlon (25), who lived at Heathers Close in Magheralin, died after being struck by a car on the New Forge Road at 10.30pm last Friday night.

The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who
The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 14-05-2018: The funeral of a talented footballer Niall O'Hanlon described as someone who "made such a positive impact on so many people's lives" who died suddenly as result of a accident, took place on Tuesday at the Church of Ss Patrick and Ronan's, Magheralin and Interment afterwards in St Colman's Cemetery Lurgan. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

The tragedy has stunned the close-knit community who have rallied around his heartbroken parents, Phelim and Stephanie, and sister Shauneen.

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral service at the Church of St Patrick and Ronan's on Tuesday. This was followed by an interment service at St Colman's Cemetery in Lurgan.

Mr O'Hanlon, a lorry driver, played as a winger for Magheralin Village FC and was a keen angler with the Lisburn-based Ivy Lodge Carp Fishery.

It has been reported Mr O'Hanlon, a dedicated Liverpool fan, was due to go to watch the Reds play Brighton in the last home game of the season on Sunday.

Football shirts and flowers have been left in the village in tribute to the 25-year-old and members of Magheralin FC also flanked his coffin as it travelled to St Colman's.

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