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Funeral to be held of west Belfast schoolboy Rian Nolan (14)

Rían Nolan (14) from west Belfast passed away on Saturday after a long illness

THE heartbroken family and friends of Rían Nolan will gather together tomorrow to pay their last respects to the schoolboy.

The 14-year-old's funeral is due to be held in Stoneyford following his death on Saturday.

The teenager from west Belfast passed away peacefully at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children's Haematology unit.

A student at the former CBS school on the Glen Road, he was a keen footballer and played for St James Swift under-16s.

His team-mates had only found out he was sick shortly before the summer and organised a number of fundraising events for him as he underwent treatment at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London.

They were told on Saturday that Rían had lost his brave battle after stepping off the pitch following a match.

Junior team treasurer David Walsh said he had known Rían for three years since joining the club.

"He was one of those kids every coach loves," he said.

"He was always at training come rain, hail or shine. He was very passionate about his football and did everything you asked of him."

Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Peter's the Rock Church, Stoneyford at 10am the afterwards to Roselawn Crematorium at 1pm.

Rían is survived by his parents Peter and Janet, sister Alanna and family circle.

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