OVER 600 mourners have attended the funeral of Artigarvan schoolgirl Hannah Wiley.
Hannah died after falling from her horse while showjumping at Eglinton Equestrian Centre on Friday. An investigation into the tragedy is ongoing, led by Derry City Council’s Environmental Health Department. A spokesperson said yesterday that they could not comment because of the ongoing nature of the investigation. They did however send their condolences to the Wiley family.
The young girl’s coffin was led to the church by her beloved horse Jobber who Hannah had been riding when she died. Tributes meanwhile were led by the 13-year-old’s badminton coach Gail McBeth and her school principal David Hampton.
“She didn’t even realise how great and truly special she was. Hannah was simply a delight to have in our school. She contributed so much to school life and will be sorely missed by us all. She will be remembered as a gifted and talented young person with so much to give. As a school we have been blessed and privileged to know her. She will remain in our hearts and always be a part of Strabane Academy,” Mr Hampton said.
Hannah Wiley was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
See tomorrow’s Strabane Chronicle for full tributes and coverage.