Heartbroken widow of GAA hurler Shane Mulholland pays tribute to her 'one and only love'
The heartbroken widow of GAA hurler Shane Mulholland has said their baby daughter will be a comfort to her after his death.
Vanessa Mulholland (nee Gilheaney) told The Impartial Reporter that her husband was her "one and only love" and that he as not ready to go.
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.
Mr Mulholland and his wife – who had a baby daughter called Aisling just three months ago - were due to celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Sunday.
Instead, there were heartbreaking scenes as hundreds turned out to pay respects to tragic hurler at his funeral on Tuesday.
Mrs Mulholland said she has lost her “best friend” and that the birth of their daughter had “completed everything”.
“She’s the double of her daddy. She’s perfect. Shane picked her wee name. She will be a comfort to me now,” she told the paper.
Mrs Mulholland, a nurse, said she does not know what she will do without him.
The grief stricken widow described her late husband as one of a kind and her one and only love,
“You always hear of tragedies hitting other families and it breaks your heart but you never think it would come to your door,” she said.
“Shane loved life. He was happy-go-lucky and it would have taken a lot to see him cross.”
The couple met nine years ago while they studied and worked in Liverpool and got engaged in Belfast in 2012.
Mr Mulholland, who is originally from Corkey in Co Antrim, recently secured his “dream job” as a Hurling Development Officer with Cavan GAA and was due to begin coaching Derrylin GAA club under eights on Saturday morning.
“When he got that job he told me: ‘I can’t believe I’m getting paid to do what I love’,” his mother Maria said.
“He wanted everyone to love hurling as much as he did.
“He was my rock,” she added.
“Everyone is so heartbroken. He was so young and had such a good life ahead of him.
“He was so proud of his daughter Aisling. He was the best daddy and this is so unfair. He won’t get to see her grow up.”