Northern Ireland

Funeral of A5 road crash victim Caolan Devlin to be held in Co Tyrone on Saturday

Caolan Devlin was killed in a two-vehicle collision on the A5
Caolan Devlin was killed in a two-vehicle collision on the A5

The funeral of Caolan Devlin who died in a road crash tragedy on the A5 this week is to take place on Saturday.

Family and friends of the 30-year-old, the older brother of current Tyrone GAA player Niall Devlin, will gather in Coalisland to say their final farewells.

Mr Devlin was killed in a collision on the Curr Road section of the A5 between Omagh and Ballygawley on Tuesday after his BMW 320 collided with a blue Scania lorry.

A death notice described Mr Devlin as the beloved son of Gerard and Margaret and much loved brother of Niall.

A man has died following a crash between a car and a lorry on the A5 in County Tyrone on Tuesday evening.
The collision happened on the Curr Road, between Omagh and Ballygawley, shortly before 19:20 GMT.
The 30-year-old driver of a white BMW was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police at the A5 Curr Road following Tuesday's fatal crash. PICTURE: COLM LENAGHAN.

Mr Devlin, a hurler with the Naomh Colmcille club near Dungannon, had won several Tyrone junior titles with them and also represented Tyrone at minor level.

He was also a former member of the Coalisland Fianna GAA club, which sent its “deepest sympathies to the Devlin family on the sudden and shocking passing”.

The club continued: “At tragic and difficult times like this, we need to stand by Caolan’s parents, brother, friends, and entire family circle through the difficult days, weeks, and months ahead.”

In a post on social media, Tyrone GAA said: “Gaelic Tyrone is deeply shocked, saddened, and even angered at the death of Caolan Devlin, brother of our Tyrone senior player and All-Ireland-winning Under 20 captain, Niall.

“A good person so senselessly taken, a good family now bereft, a county again broken, and life for so many utterly changed and damaged.”

The crash happened on the same day that the Assembly heard pleas for an upgrade of the A5, regarded as one of the most dangerous roads in the north, to proceed urgently.

A total of 49 people have lost their lives on the A5 since a planned upgrade was announced in 2007.

Requiem Mass for Mr Devlin is due to take place at the Church of The Holy Family, Plater’s Hill at 11am followed by interment in SS Mary and Joseph’s Cemetery, Brackaville Road.