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Cloughmills crash: Funeral for Adam Gilmour

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Media captionAdam Gilmour's coffin is brought into Killymurris Presbyterian Church in Glarryford

Mourners at the funeral of an eight-year-old boy who was killed after his family was knocked down by a car have heard that he was "a character".

Adam Gilmour was walking to meet a school bus with his mother and siblings when the accident happened near Cloughmills on Tuesday.

He was killed and his mother and a five-year-old brother needed hospital treatment.

A large crowd gathered at Killymurris Presbyterian Church, Glarryford.

Earlier on Sunday, a private service was held at Adam's grandmother's house in the village of Cloughmills, close to where the accident happened on Tuesday.

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Image caption Adam Gilmour died in hospital following the crash

Later, Adam's mother, Sarah, led the mourners into the church. She was in a wheelchair and with her were Adam's brothers and sisters.

Mourners heard the Reverend Colin McDowell describe Adam as a character in his class, "the one who kept them all going at times".

"He loved playing the drum kit. He loved his time at school," the minister said.

"He was a big Chelsea supporter. Adam was really interested in farming, he had decided that is what he really wanted to do."

The minister said Adam had been taken away "very suddenly and very tragically".

He said he had lived a "short but full life" and had brought joy and happiness to his family.

Mr McDowell said the family particularly wanted to thank all the hospital staff in Antrim and Belfast who had done all that they could for them.

He also paid tribute to the ambulance staff.

"They came to a horrendous scene, they did everything they could for the family," he said.

"Even though they desperately tried, Adam was killed instantly."

An 18-year-old man was arrested over the crash and was later released on police bail.

Adam's grandmother, Marlene Hanna, has blamed the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) for not providing a bus to take them to school.

The bus leaves some of the children home but does not pick them up there.

Education Minister John O'Dowd has asked his officials to seek a report on the accident from the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB).

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