Adrian Mullan: Community ‘stunned’ by death of ‘proud and devoted father’

The late Adrian Mullan, pictured at the 'Journal' offices earlier this year, promoting a charity event he was organising.
The late Adrian Mullan, pictured at the 'Journal' offices earlier this year, promoting a charity event he was organising.

The funeral of Adrian Mullan, the cyclist killed in a collision in Inishowen at the weekend, has heard how the community in Derry is ‘shocked, stunned and saddened’ by the tragedy.

Fr Michael McGavigan told mourners gathered this morning at St. Brigid’s chapel in Carnhill that Adrian was a man of “kindness, charity and good humour” - and that the “appalling suddenness of his death” made events hard to comprehend.

In his homily, Fr. McGavigan said Adrian was the “blue eyed boy” of the Mullan family while growing up and “could no do wrong” in the eyes of his parents.

Following the tragic death of his younger brother Joseph to cancer, Adrian had devoted himself to making a difference - and had fundraised tirelessly for the Foyle Hospice.

The mourners were told that Adrian was “a man of tremendous generosity” who was a proud and devoted husband and father.

“He was known for his dry sense of humour - you never knew he if was taking the hand,” Fr. McGavigan told mourners, adding; “If he liked you, you got stick.”

He told Adrian’s family - his wife Patricia, children Gemma, Rachael and Joshua, his mother Mary and siblings Thomas and Majella that their grief was shared by all those who knew Adrian, who worked with him or cycled with him.

Members of the Foyle Cycling Club formed a guard of honour as Adrian’s remains were carried into the church for his Requiem Mass.

Following the Mass, he was laid to rest in the City Cemetery.