Community ‘devastated’ as six-year-old boy dies in horrific accident while father remains in hospital

A six-year-old boy died following a horrific car accident last Monday.

Ethan McCourt of Toomebridge, Co Antrim has sadly passed away after he and his father were involved in a collision.

The young boy and his father, Declan, were taken to hospital, but tragically after five days, Ethan was taken off life support.

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A funeral notice for the only child reads: “Ethan Michael, aged 6, beloved son of Oonagh and Declan, loving grandson of Bernard and Margaret McKenna and Mary and the late Mick McCourt (Slatequarry) , nephew of Patrick, Bernard, Michael, John, Stephen, Paul, Eileen (Devlin) and Siobhan (Koumparos).

“Funeral at his home, 1 Glovers Lane, Gloverstown Road, Tuesday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. for Angel Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Church of St. Mary Bellaghy, via webcam at Webcam – Bellaghy-Ballyscullion Parish (bellaghyparish.com) burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

“Angel of God, my dear guardian, To whom the love of God commits me here, On this day, be by my side, To enlighten, guard, reign and guide. Amen,

“Deeply missed by his mother, father, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins ​​and extended family.

“Ethan’s wake will begin at 12:00 p.m. Sunday”.

Tributes have poured in for Ethan as the local community mourns his heartbreaking loss.

Bellaghy Primary School Parent Teacher Association said: “Today I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of six-year-old Ethan McCourt, a pupil at St. Mary’s Primary School, Bellaghy, following this tragic accident last week.

“I cannot begin to imagine the impact of this devastating news on his family and the St. Mary’s school community.

“As a school family at Bellaghy PS, we send our deepest condolences to Ethan’s family circle, his friends and the staff at St. Mary’s PS”

The Derry Diocesan Catechetical Center said: “We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Ethan McCourt, a pupil of Saint Mary’s PS, Bellaghy. We ask our Diocesan School Community Diocese of Derry to keep family, friends and Ethan’s school community in their prayers. May he rest in peace, in God’s loving arms.”

Ethan’s elementary school and football club also shared their condolences with Ethan’s family.

St Mary’s Primary School said: “Rest in peace, Ethan

“We pray for the staff and children of Saint Mary’s Elementary School in Bellaghy and send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Ethan McCourt, nephew of our esteemed Governor Eileen Devlin.

“Rest in peace little Ethan”.

While Wolfe Tones Baile Eachaidh GAC wrote: “We are devastated to hear the news that our underage player Ethan McCourt has sadly passed to his eternal rest following an accident earlier this week. Sincere condolences to his parents Oonagh & Declan and to the McKenna & McCourt extended families.

“Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis

“His father Declan remains in our thoughts as he continues to receive treatment at the hospital.”

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