Tragic death

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a St Colman's College pupil who was laid to rest on Sunday after he was knocked down by a van last Thursday morning.
Mark Colgan was crossing the road to get a bus to school just yards from his home outside Banbridge when the incident happened.
On Sunday, pupils from St Colman's College and St Francis' PS Aghaderg, along with the teenager's clubmates from Aghadery GAC formed a guard of honour at St Mary's Church, Lisnagade for Requiem Mass at 2pm.
Mark's grieving parents Mervyn and Felicity, sister Aideen, brother Paul and grandparents were supported by family, friends, teachers and local GAA officials.
Mark was described as a rising sports star who won U14 footballer of the year for his Aghaderg club last year.
In a statement St Colman's College said it was "shocked and saddened by the tragic death of a much valued member of the school community".
“Mark was a very talented and highly respected pupil. He demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment in all areas of school life and will be sadly missed by his many friends, classmates and staff.
“The thoughts and prayers of the entire College community are with Mark's family and friends at this very difficult time."
Aghaderg GAC/Ballyvarley HC said: "It is with deep regret we learned of the death of one of our juvenile players in an accident today. Mark Colgan was an enthusiastic and talented footballer and hurler who played a huge part in our underage teams.
“He was also a quiet and unassuming young man who always had a smile on his face. His family have been at the cornerstone of our club since its foundation. We would like to take this opportunity to pass on our heartfelt condolences to his parents Mervyn and Felicity, sister Aideen and brother Paul and the wider Colgan and Stewart families, on behalf of the club and community. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis."
SDLP South Down MLA Seán Rogers also expressed his sympathy to the Colgan family saying: "My heart goes out to the boy's family, to his friends and the school community of St Colman's College at this tragic time.
“This is absolutely heartbreaking for the boy's family, and my thoughts and prayers are with them at this incredibly sad time."
The 30-year-old driver of the van was released unconditionally by police on Thursday.

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