Northern Ireland

Magheralin road death victim was village's 'life and soul'

Niall O'Hanlon Image copyright O'Hanlon family
Image caption Magheralin Village FC said Niall O'Hanlon was "the heart and soul of our wee football club and village"

Tributes have been paid to a 25-year-old man who died after he was knocked down in County Down on Friday.

Niall O'Hanlon was struck by a car at the junction of New Forge Road and Steps Road in Magheralin at about 22:30 BST.

His football club, Magheralin Village, posted a tribute to its Facebook page describing him as "the heart and soul of our wee football club and village".

Police are appealing for anyone who may have dashcam footage to come forward.

Image caption A tribute left at the scene to 25-year-old Niall O'Hanlon

Friends have paid tribute to him on social media as a "gent" and as "fun-loving, hard-working and respectful".

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DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said it was "devastating news".

Image caption The incident happened at the junction of New Forge Road and Steps Road at about 22:30 BST on Friday

She added: "Eyewitnesses have said a large number of local people came to the young man's aid and were there to help comfort the family.

"I know that friends of the young man are just devastated and deeply traumatised".