Cloughmills tragedy: Schoolboy’s funeral delayed so mum can attend

Adam Gilmour
Adam Gilmour

The funeral of a boy who died walking to school in Cloughmills has been delayed to allow time for his injured mother to attend the service.

Eight-year-old Adam Gilmour died after being knocked down by a car as he walked to school with his mother Sarah Hanna and five siblings on Tuesday morning.

Adam’s funeral had been planned for Friday, but is being delayed so that his mother can attend.

Ms Hanna’s sister, Michelle Johnston, told the News Letter the funeral is now at 2pm on Sunday, leaving from Adam’s granny’s house in Cloughmills to Killymurris Presbyterian Church, Glarryford, and then on to Ballee Cemetery.

“Adam’s mum is still in hospital so we have delayed it until Sunday,” Michelle said.

After the accident TUV leader Jim Allister published a letter he had written to the North Eastern Education and Library Board on Ms Hanna’s behalf, complaining about inadequate school bus services for the family.

On Thursday UUP MLA Danny Kinahan called for a review of school bus provision to be published, saying the report was given to the Education Minister in August.

“It is wide-ranging, we now need to get it out there to make sure something like this never happens again,” he told the BBC.

Last December Education Minister John O’Dowd commissioned the independent review of the home to school transport policy.

A spokesman for the minister said on Thursday it was “was a complex report and he was taking time to consider its recommendations”.

Any changes to school transport “will have to go out to public consultation before final decisions are made,” he added.