Belfast Telegraph

Shaun Mullan's memory will stay strong in our hearts: GAA club grieves for road victim

By Michelle Weir

The funeral will take place tomorrow of a young GAA player who died following a road accident.

Shaun Mullan, who was aged in his 20s, had been cycling to work when he was involved in an early morning collision with a transit van on the Glenshane Road in Co Londonderry.

The accident took place last Thursday morning, near the turn-off for Maghera.

The Air Ambulance, two paramedics and two emergency crews attended the scene before Mr Mullan was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

He passed away from his injuries in hospital on Saturday.

Prayers were offered at St Paul's College in Kilrea yesterday for Mr Mullan, who was a past pupil, and his wife Sinead.The couple had been married for just a few months.

Mr Mullan was a senior player at Ballerin GAC, whose members have been left "deeply saddened" by the tragedy.

The club said: "Shaun was a very well-loved member of our senior team who enjoyed training and playing football with his friends and teammates.

"Shaun loved a tough physical battle during a game and this side of his personality shone through to the end as he tried his best to battle the injuries he suffered in the tragic accident on Thursday morning.

"Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with Shaun's family and his wife Sinead. This will undoubtedly be a very difficult time for his family, friends and our wider club family.

"We will now do our best as a club and community to help each other through this tragic, sorrowful time and keep the memory of Shaun strong in our hearts."

A wake took place at Mr Mullan's home in Maghera yesterday evening. A shuttle bus was in operation to transport those who wished to offer their condolences to his family. Ballerin Camogie Club stated: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends."

SDLP MLA John Dallat said: "There is widespread sympathy throughout the area for Mr Mullan and his family who are highly respected in the community.

"He was a young man who was cycling to work when this tragedy occurred. It is a cruel twist of life.

"We all hoped and prayed he would survive.

"I am sure the family will be given all the support they deserve in the very difficult days and weeks ahead."

The funeral cortege will leave Mr Mullan's home at Cloneen Crescent before Requiem Mass at St Mary's church in Ballerin.

He is survived by his wife Sinead, father Bill, brother Michael and sisters Kelly, Sabrina, Bernie, Laura, Emma and Samantha.

The PSNI have appealed for motorists who were travelling on the Glenshane Road last Thursday morning to come forward.

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