Young boy now "stable" while sister fights for life following Co Antrim road collision

Parishioners lead the prayers at Kickhams Creggan GAC club for brother and sister Fintan (14) and sister Mary (11) O'Neill (pictured in frames) who were both knocked down after getting off a school bus. Picture by Declan Roughan
Marie Louise McConville

A COMMUNITY joined in prayer this evening for two children who were seriously injured when they were knocked down by a car on their way home from school in Co Antrim.

Friends and neighbours were joined by the GAA fraternity at Kickhams Creggan GAC club to offer prayers for Fintan and Mary O'Neill and their family.

The children were knocked down by a white Audi A3 car on the Staffordstown Road between Randalstown and Toome on Tuesday as they got off the school bus around 4.40pm.

Mary O’Neill (11) is thought to have suffered head injuries while her 14-year-old brother's injuries are believed to include a broken leg.

Both were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The girl remains in a critical condition while her brother is now said to be stable.

The children are both pupils at St Patrick’s College in Maghera, Co Derry. In the aftermath of the accident the school cancelled a scheduled open night and open day.

Principal Brenda Mussen said the accident had been "devastating for the family and wider school community".

Sinn Feín MLA Declan Kearney said the O'Neills were "maintaining a vigil" at the hospital.

He said that the event at Kickhams Creggan GAC was "a gathering of solidarity".

"In a very very small knit area such as we are talking about, the club is really at the heart of the community," he said.

"The wider family circle is a central part and has been for decades".

People pray for brother and sister Fintan and Mary O'Neill at Kickhams Creggan GAC club. Picture by Declan Roughan 


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