Candlelit vigil as Mayobridge rallies around Fegan family.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Candlelit vigil as Mayobridge rallies around Fegan family. thumbnailMayobridge girl, Nicole Fegan sang a beautiful solo at the South Down Scór na nÓg competition, just hours before losing her life in a tragic crash.

THE COMMUNITY of Mayobridge has been left devastated following the tragic death of 12- year-old Nicole Fegan.

Nicole was involved in a collision involving a beach buggy and a black Toyota Hilux on Saturday at approximately 2.50pm on the Flagstaff Road area of Newry.

Nicole and her 14-year-old friend, who suffered a broken leg and remains in hospital, were in the buggy.

Northern Ireland Air Ambulance attended the incident and the driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Daughter of Margo and Cathal and sister to Jamie and Jason, Nicole passed away at Craigavon Area Hospital before her family made the unbearable journey from Dublin where they were staying for the weekend.

Described by her family as their "shining light" and "the heart" of their house, Nicole was a first year pupil at Our Lady's Grammar School in Newry and a former pupil of St Patrick's Primary School, Mayobridge.

She enjoyed many activities including the Youth Choir at St Patrick's Church Mayobridge, gymnastics at Excel in Newry and she was a dedicated member of Mayobridge's GAA where she was part of the U12 Camogie team as well as a football and handball player.

Nicole played the tin whistle and the flute and hours before the tragic accident she had performed in the South Down Scór na nÓg competition, forming part of an instrumental group as well as singing a solo.

In a heartfelt and tearful tribute, SDLP Councillor for Mayobridge Gillian Fitzpatrick said Nicole was the kind of child who "lit up any room".

Gillian's daughter Emily sang with Nicole in the ballad group on Friday evening and is in the same class as Nicole's brother Jason at St Colman's Colle ge.

"Nicole sang beautifully on Friday night and she was just a delight to her parents and her brothers.

"A well mannered, quietly spoken, lovely girl with lots of friends who was involved in so many clubs.

"I would say Nicole easily doubled her friends since beginning her first year at Our Lady's in September.

That was the type of girl she was.

"Her family are good, hardworking decent people and I know the entire family circle are just devastated.

Nicole's family home is right beside her paternal grandparents Fred and Lily, they are a really close, tight-knit family.

"As a community we need to wrap our arms around the entire family and keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

"She was so well loved by everyone and as a community we are just numb and so shocked at this tragedy. But we are a great community in Mayobridge and I am certain that we will pull together to do our best and help the family.

"One thing which has been very apparent over the last few days is the support which the young teenagers have shown to each other. Nicole's close friends really have been a tower of strength and I know they will remain a great help to Nicole's family and close friends in the coming months."

As a mark of respect the final of the Scór na nÓg, due to take place on Sunday (19 November) was postponed for a week.

Youth officer Thomas O'Hare from Mayobridge GAC said the news has been very hard to take in.

"Nicole was so involved with every aspect of the club. She had been practicing really hard for the Scór on Friday evening and she always had a smile on her face.

"Nicole got on so well with the girls from her camogie team, they were very close. I got to know Nicole back in 2014 when her mother performed in our Strictly Come Dancing show to help raise funds for the club.

Her father Cathal is very musical so it's no surprise Nicole was multi-talented.

"All the members have been rallying around helping in whatever way they can. We have set up a rota to assist with traffic at Nicole's wake and a candlelit gathering to welcome Nicole's remains back to her house today [Monday] at 5pm."

Principal of Our Lady's, Fiona McAlinden commented: "Nicole was a very well-loved and valued pupil and she will be missed by the staff and her many friends across the school community. We extend our deepest sympathies to her parents, brothers, family and friends."

Mayobridge GAA opened a book of condolence for anyone wishing to express their sympathy on Sunday.

Her former school, St Patrick's Primary in Mayobridge wrote on social media: "As educators we are fortunate to teach many wonderful children but Nicole was such a special girl. We have memories of her kindness and her willingness to contribute to the life of the school through her musical ability, sporting talents, her desire to do her best at all times and her beautiful smile. We offer our heartfelt condolences to her loving family."

Nicole's remains were returned to her family home in Mayobridge yesterday (Monday) following a postmortem.

Her funeral will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12pm in St Patrick's Church Mayobridge


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