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'Remember My Noah' message of support on Black Mountain in Belfast

Remember My Noah written in huge white letters on Black Mountain overlooking Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann
Mairead Holland

THE Black Mountain in Belfast became the latest platform for the #RememberMyNoah campaign.

Dozens of members of west Belfast group Gael Force Art and their helpers carried the lettering up the mountain where they unfurled it, along with a 60ft blue heart.

There had been a build-up to the unveiling on Twitter, with a picture taken from the top of the mountain and followers being told to 'watch this space'.

Meanwhile, Mid Ulster District Council lit up its civic buildings in blue at the weekend to "show solidarity with Noah’s family".

Fiona Donohoe, Noah's mother, is originally from Strabane in Co Tyrone. She set up the campaign to find answers about her son's disappearance and death, and to celebrate his life.

Last weekend, Belfast City Hall was also lit in blue to raise awareness of Ms Donohoe's campaign, and people across Northern Ireland have been painting murals and posting their own Remember My Noah paintings on social media.

Fourteen-year-old Noah, a pupil at St Malachy's College in Belfast, went missing in the north of the city on June 21, sparking a huge search effort.

His body was found six days later in a storm drain. A post mortem examination showed he had drowned.

Fiona Donohoe and son Noah

On Friday, a Belfast court was told there was no evidence the schoolboy had been attacked, or that any other person was involved in his disappearance and death.

During the second pre-inquest review hearing, coroner Joe McCrisken said investigations are continuing.

Mr McCrisken also expressed concern about continued online speculation about the incident, despite his earlier appeal for it to stop.

He said most of the information online "remains inaccurate and baseless".

The next hearing is scheduled for early November.

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