Celebrating the life of much loved Keelan

The Keelan Mullan Meorial Tournament.
The Keelan Mullan Meorial Tournament.

It was a bittersweet day for the Mullan family in Drumsurn on Saturday as family, friends, neighbours and the GAA community turned out in force to celebrate the life of much loved teenager, Keelan Mullan, who died tragically in 2013, writes Sheena Jackson.

Keelan passed away on March 2nd, 2013, when his car was involved in a collision on the Drumsurn Road.

Much loved teenager, Keelan Mullan.

Much loved teenager, Keelan Mullan.

Keelan, a pupil of St. Mary’s, Limavady, loved Gaelic football and played for both his school and his club, St, Matthews GAC, Drumsurn.

On Saturday morning teams from across the county, including St. Mary’s, played their hearts out at ‘The Keelan Mullan Memorial Tournament’.

Keelan’s mum, Deborah said it was “bittersweet” for everyone who loved her eldest child, but said the family have been comforted by the many positives to come from the event.

“There were a lot of mixed emotions because we wanted to celebrate Keelan’s life, but it was also bittersweet because Keelean wasn’t there. His friends were there and they played their hears out,” she said. “Gaelic was a big part of his life. It was the GAA, work, school and his Xbox. That was pretty much it.

“Keelan had many friends on and off the field. They too have found his loss difficult and it’s because of this, that rather than focus on what we have lost, just for one day, let’s celebrate his life by involving ourselves in a little of what he was passionate about, gaelic football.”

A fundraising 6km run/walk in Drumsurn has been organised to take place on October 4 starting at 11.00 a.m. from the GAA club, with refreshments afterwards. Proceeds from the event will go towards the N.I. Transplant Association.

“Keelan was a registered donor but, because of his accident and because he died instantly, his organs couldn’t be donated. When he got his driving licence he asked what the part about organ donation on the form was about. We had the conversation and Keelan knew that both Declan and I were registered donors. We had the conversation about the importance of organ donation and he made the decision to become a donor,” explained Deborah.

Deborah said the family want to thank everyone who participated in the tournament, those who turned out to support the day and all those who made it happen, with special thanks to Colm Feeny from Drumsurn GAC.

“We couldn’t have done this without the support of the Drumsurn community and the GAA club as a whole,” added Deborah.

(See pictures from the day in Friday’s Journal).