Northern Ireland

Eoin Hamill, 13, dies following collision with car in Belfast

Eoin Hamill

A 13-year-old boy has died following a collision on the Springfield Road in west Belfast on Friday.

Eoin Hamill, who was from the area, was a student at Coláiste Feirste and a talented amateur boxer.

Gleann Amateur Boxing Club, where Eoin was a member, said: "He was loved by us all outside the ring. He was admired for his skill in the ring."

Several hundred people attended a vigil in Turf Lodge in memory of the teenager on Sunday night.

Police urged any eyewitnesses who were in the area between 16:15 GMT and 16:45 to get in touch.

Image caption Several hundred people attended a vigil in Turf Lodge in west Belfast in memory of the teenager on Sunday night

A man was arrested but was released on bail on Sunday pending further enquiries.

'Lovely young kid'

Sinn Féin councillor Micheal Donnelly said Eoin was "well-regarded" in the community and was known for his boxing, having represented his county in competition.

"Our thoughts are with the family, it's absolutely heartbreaking," he said.

"We as a community will come together to support the family.

"At the start of a new year it makes it raw, it's just devastating."

Coláiste Feirste said the school community was "heartbroken" by the news.

In a statement on social media Gleann Amateur Boxing Club, where Eoin was a member, said he was a "talented boxer" and "lovely young kid".

"He was loved by us all outside the ring. He was admired for his skill in the ring," the post added.

"Instead of wishing him all the best for his next fight or shouting at him to keep them hands up or cheering him on to a victory, we will be saying a very sad and truly heartbroken goodbye to one of our own."