Northern Ireland

Dylan Vallely: Co Armagh teenager dies almost three weeks after road crash

Dylan Vallely (16) from Newtownhamilton has died
Dylan Vallely (16) from Newtownhamilton has died

A Co Armagh teenager has died almost three weeks after he was injured in a road crash.

Dylan Vallely (16) from Newtownhamilton was left critically ill following a single-car collision in Camlough on October 27.

 A Year 13 pupil at St Joseph's High School in Crossmaglen, he sadly passed away in hospital from injuries he sustained.

The teenager, who just a week before the crash was named 'Minor Player of the Year' at his local GAA club, St Michael's, has been described as a "great lad".

The club said in a post on social media on Wednesday that they were "heartbroken" by the death of Dylan, describing him as "our team mate and our friend".

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“Dylan was a great lad, on and off the pitch, hardworking, talented and with great manners," the club said.

"He was well known and loved within not just our club but also in the whole GAA community in south Armagh and further afield.

“At this tough time, foremost in our thoughts are Dylan’s family.

"We offer our prayers and support for parents Shane and Catherine, sisters Sophia and Amelia and the wider Vallely and Toner family circle."

Several other GAA clubs in the area have offered their condolences following Dylan's death, including Crossmaglen Rangers and Clady GFC.

In a statement, St Joseph's High School said staff and pupils were "heartbroken" at the loss of the popular senior prefect.

"Dylan touched our lives in so many ways during his time with us," a spokesperson said.

"He was not just a student, he was a shining light in the classroom, in the playground, on the football field and was a valued, beloved member of our school community.

"His infectious smile, wonderful sense of humour and mischievous glint in his eye never failed to entertain his friends and teachers alike."

The statement added: "Dylan embodied everything that is positive about the young people of South Armagh. His impact on the life of St Joseph’s High School is impossible to quantify, but his innate goodness will always be the standard by which all of us are measured, and that is a truly remarkable legacy to leave."

Dylan was one of three teenage boys injured in the crash on the Sturgan Road.

Police said at the time of the crash that an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Dylan's death is the latest fatality on Northern Ireland's road. It comes after three people lost their lives in another road crash in Co Armagh this month.

Patrick Grimley and his wife Ciera, as well as their friend Ciara McElvanna, all died following a four-vehicle collision near Markethill on November 4.

Ms Grimley will be laid to rest beside her husband on Thursday following her funeral at St Joseph's Church in Madden.