Adrian Mullan - An Appreciation

SADLY MISSED . . .The late Adrian Mullan.
SADLY MISSED . . .The late Adrian Mullan.

Adrian Mullan’s untimely death on October 17th has left a huge void in the lives of many.

Adrian was a devoted husband of Trisha and loving father to Gemma, Rachael and Josh. He was a hard-working, committed family man who was passionate about cycling.

Growing up a proud Derry man in Carnhill, the loving son of Mary and the late Aidan Mullan, Adrian is survived by his brother Thomas and sister Majella. Adrian lost his brother, Joseph, to cancer at a young age and this was the catalyst for his selfless fundraising endeavours for the rest of his life. Adrian was educated at St Patrick’s, Pennyburn and St Joseph’s, Creggan and after a varied career he progressed to a Managerial position at Jollyes Pet Superstore. Adrian was passionate about promoting the love and care of animals into the wider community and worked very closely with the Rainbow Centre and often carried out school visits with various mammals, reptiles and other exotic creatures making an average day at school special.

Apart from cycling, Adrian had a love for the great outdoors. For the last few years he could be found holidaying with Trisha, family and friends at his caravan on the banks of Mulroy Bay, Kerrykeel. Many times he would recount to his club mates his numerous torch-lit, midnight adventures into the forests with Josh. Adrian also undertook many hill, nay mountain-climbing challenges accompanied by his mum Mary - usually as fund-raising ventures, locally to Errigal, Muckish and Croagh Patrick and further afield to Ben Nevis.

Father Michael’s moving funeral oration talked of Adrian’s love of the outdoors and how cycling enabled him to take in the full beauty of the natural world.

Adrian Mullan was a long term and valued member of Foyle Cycling Club. The large representation at Adrian’s wake and funeral was testimony to the esteem he was held in by his club mates and the wider cycling fraternity. Adrian’s memory will live on for his tireless fund raising efforts, particularly for the Foyle Hospice.

All who knew Adrian will know of his trips to the Grand Canyon, from Mizen Head to Malin Head, London to Paris and even the inaugural, Inishowen 100 back-to-back which Adrian dismissed as a “handy wee run!”

Foyle Cycling Club will hold an Annual fundraising Sportive around his beloved peninsula each spring which will go some way to continuing his charitable legacy.

Adrian has enriched and touched the lives of all who knew him. He will be remembered as a caring individual who lived his life with sensitivity and humility - a true Gentleman! We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Trisha, kids Gemma, Rachael and Joshua, his Mum Mary, brother Thomas and sister Majella.

Simon Gill

Foyle C.C. Chairman