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Belmullet numb after teenager’s tragic death


Belmullet left numb after teenager’s tragic death

Anton McNulty

The funeral of 18-year-old Belmullet student, Jonathan Shevlin, who died in a road traffic accident last week, was described as one of the largest and saddest to occur in Belmullet for a very long time.
Over 1,000 mourners thronged the Church of the Sacred Heart in Belmullet on Saturday afternoon for the funeral of Jonathan, who died tragically on Wednesday evening when his car hit a wall at Tarmon, Blacksod on the Mullet peninsula.
Jonathan and his friend Niall McGonigle were travelling along the peninsula road at approximately 5.40pm when the car left the road after losing control and crashed into a wall. Jonathan was pronounced dead at the scene while Niall was airlifted to Mayo General Hospital where he remains, recovering from his injuries.
The news of the tragic accident sent shock waves across the Erris community which was left numb at the death of Jonathan, whose family are well known in the area. His father Micheál is a businessman in the town and is the owner of a décor store in the centre of Belmullet.
A keen sportsman, Jonathan played football for the local Belmullet GAA team and completed his Leaving Cert in St Brendan’s College in Belmullet only last month and had planned to study engineering in the University of Limerick.
Local councillor, Rose Conway-Walsh, said the whole community were shocked at the news of Jonathan’s untimely death. “There was prolonged sadness around the whole community that such a young life ended so quickly in tragic circumstances. He comes from a lovely young family and from a large extended family who are all devastated,” she said.
Following the funeral Mass, burial took place in Emlybeg Graveyard. Jonathan is survived by his father, Micheál; mother, Kathleen; brother, Kielan and extended members of the family.