Monday 29 May 2017

Heartbreaking scenes as hundreds turn out to pay respects to tragic hurler Shane Mulholland

Shane Mulholland's remains are carried out of St Ninnidh's Church, Derrylin by family members and friends
Shane Mulholland's remains are carried out of St Ninnidh's Church, Derrylin by family members and friends
Fr Brian D'Arcy assisted Fr Fintan McKiernan in celebrating the funeral mass
Tom Boyle (Fermanagh GAA County Secretary), left, and Aogan ? Fearghail (President of the GAA) pay their respects at the well attended funeral
An upset young Lisbellaw hurler struggles to hold back his tears
Members of the Fermanagh County hurling team paid their respects to former team mate, Shane Mulholland who dies in a road traffic accident at the weekend

Lesley Houston

Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their last respects to hurler Shane Mulholland yesterday.

Mr Mulholland died following a horror crash involving another car on the Lisnaskea Road in Co Fermanagh last Friday night.

The 27-year-old lived in Derrylin and played for the county's senior hurling team and was a development coach for Cavan Gaelic Athletic Association.

Derrylin parish priest Fr Fintan McKiernan conducted yesterday's funeral Mass alongside Fr Brian D'Arcy.

The late Shane Mulholland with his wife Vanessa on their wedding day. Pic: Belfast Telegraph
The late Shane Mulholland with his wife Vanessa on their wedding day. Pic: Belfast Telegraph

The service took place at St Ninnidh's in Derrylin, led by Mr Mulholland's wife Vanessa. The couple were due to celebrate their first wedding anniversary this weekend.

The respected sportsman, who was described by friends as a "jovial gentleman", is survived by newborn baby daughter Aisling.

He was buried in the church's adjoining cemetery.

GAA president Aogan O Fearghail and Martin McAvinney, the association's Ulster president, were among mourners at the funeral of the man "who had so much to offer" his sport and community.

Fermanagh county hurling club members turned out in their team colours in a show of support to the family.

Read more: Community rallies around wife of GAA star who died in crash over weekend

Belfast Telegraph

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport