Northern Ireland

Funeral of Ollie Simmons-Watt (5) to take place in Co Derry tomorrow

The funeral of five-year-old Ollie Simmons-Watt from Limavady is due to take place tomorrow
The funeral of five-year-old Ollie Simmons-Watt from Limavady is due to take place tomorrow

THE funeral of a five-year-old boy who died after being struck by a van is due to take place in Co Derry tomorrow.

Family and friends of Ollie Simmons-Watt are expected to gather at Christ Church in Limavady for the service.

The little boy had been on his bike when he was hit by a van on Thursday afternoon in the Irwin Avenue area of the Co Derry town. The ambulance service and air ambulance attended and Ollie was taken to hospital, but died from his injuries.

Tributes have described the young boy's "infectious smile" and how he was "full of character".

A funeral notice said he was the "much loved son of Stacie and Gareth and adored brother of Freddie and Bella".

His family have asked for any donations, in lieu of flowers, to be made to the Air Ambulance NI.

Following the funeral service at 1pm, Ollie will be buried in Enagh cemetery.

Separately tributes have been paid to a man originally from Ballycastle, who died in a road crash in Scotland on Thursday.

Cathar O'Kane, a father-of-one, was a chef at the Old Manse of Blair in Pitlochry.

In a post on Facebook, it wrote: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of chef Cathar O’ Kane.

"A passionate young chef with plenty craic . Cathar joined the team in 2021 and returned again in 2022.

"We send our thoughts to his family and friends at this sad time - rest easy young man."

Mr O'Kane is survived by his son Oisin, father Kevin, siblings Tony, Benedict, Tiarnach and Sorcha and wider family circle.

Meanwhile, police had last night not released the name of the 66-year-old man who died in a single vehicle crash in Moneymore on Friday.

The collision happened on the Cookstown Road between a vehicle and a pedestrian and was reported shortly after 7.30am.

"Officers attended alongside colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, but the man sadly died at the scene," a police spokesperson said.

"Enquiries are continuing and police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or captured any dash cam or other footage, to get in touch via 101."