FINAL FAREWELL Heartbroken family of boy, 10, who died days after horror Clare crash make special funeral request

The brave youngster will be laid to rest this weekend

THE heartbroken family of a young boy who died in hospital days after being struck by a van have made a special request for his funeral.

Dylan Coady Coleman, 10, had to be airlifted to hospital after the crash in Purcell Park, Shannon, Co Clare last Sunday afternoon.
He was later taken to Children's Health Ireland at Temple Street in Dublin, where he died on Wednesday.

His heartbroken mum Laura gave birth to a son, Shane, this week as Dylan fought for life following the collision.

The youngster, who has saved the lives of others by donating his organs, will be laid to rest after his funeral mass at Mary Immaculate Church on Sunday at 1.30pm.

And his family have asked that mourners wear "jersey tops and odd socks".

Dylan's death notice on reads: "Following a tragic accident.

"Deeply missed by his heartbroken family, parents Garry and Laura, sister Zoe, brother Shane, grandparents Deirdre and Ben Coady, Carmel and predeceased Charlie Coleman, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, neighbours, his many friends and class mates in St Tola's school Shannon.

"May he rest in peace.

"Reposing in Mc Mahons Funeral Home, Shannon this Saturday (2nd March) from 4pm to 6pm.
"Arriving for funeral Mass in Mary Immaculate Church on Sunday at 1:30pm followed by burial afterwards in Illaunmanagh Cemetery.

"Dylan bravely donated his Organs on the 29th February.

"At the request of the family could everyone wear any jersey tops and odd socks."

A number of people have paid tribute to Dylan and sent their condolences to his heartbroken family.

Dylan's primary school St Tolas N.S said the news of "beloved" Dylan's tragic passing has filled them with "great sadness".

Paying tribute to the youngster, they said: "His gorgeous smile and kind heart endeared him to everyone in our school community. He will be greatly missed.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his Mum Laura, dad Garry, little sister Zoe and new baby brother Shane.

"We are also thinking of his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, his extended family and his wide circle of friends, especially those here in St Tolas. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís."

Shannon Town Utd said they were "heartbroken" to hear the news of the youngsters passing and offered their condolences to the family.

They said: "Dylan has been with the club since he was 4 and was a member of our current U11 squad.

"He was a joy to be around and always had a great big smile on his face when he played.

"On behalf of his team-mates and coaches Pa, Kieran and Jason (who he never paid any attention to), we're all heartbroken.

"His infectious smile and energy will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Dylan. YNWA."

Avenue Utd FC posted on Facebook: "RIP Dylan Coleman Coady and sincerest condolences to all his family, friends and teammates."


Separately in Northern Ireland, a man and a woman have died in a horror three-car crash.

The collision happened in the Ballyhill Road area of Crumlin, Antrim, at around 10.10pm.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and a man, aged in his 30s, and a woman, aged in her 2Os, were pronounced dead.

Another man was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact the PSNI.

​Inspector Cherith Adair, from the Collision Investigation Unit said: "Officers, along with other emergency services colleagues, responded to a report of a collision involving a grey Audi A6, a black Citroen Volcane and a silver Volkswagen Golf in the Ballyhill Road area shortly after 10.10pm.

"The driver of the Audi A6, a man aged in his thirties; and the passenger of the Volkswagen Golf, a woman, aged in her twenties, were sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“A second man remains in hospital for treatment at this time.

"The road was closed for some time overnight, but has since reopened.

"Our investigation is ongoing and we would appeal to anyone with any information or who may have dash-cam or mobile phone footage available to get in contact with us on 101, quoting reference number 2104 of 29/02/24."

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