Brewery tragedy boy "enchanted everyone who met him" say Hilden locals

Oliver Scullion
Oliver Scullion
Oliver Scullion
Oliver Scullion

A family friend of the four-year-old boy who died in a tragic accident at Hilden Brewery has said the that the child "enchanted everyone who met him".

Wee Oliver Scullion was the grandson of the couple who founded Holden brewery back in 1981.

Oliver's father, Owen, is still being treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital for injuries that he sustained in the accident.

Another brewer was also injured but has since been released from hospital.

In a statement, the family said: "The Scullion-Hanna family is deeply upset by the death of a family member in an accident at the Hilden brewery today.

"The family would like to request privacy at this very difficult time."

The grandfather of Oliver, Seamus Scullion, said that he would like to thank "all who are supporting us at this heartbreaking time".

"It is difficult to come to terms with life without him. We will miss him more than words can express.

"Under the circumstances, we regretfully have to cancel the Hilden Beer and Music Festival, due to take place on August 28, 29, 30."

It is understood that the fire service had to bring heavy lifting gear to the scene of the accident.

Local SDLP councillor Pat Catney said: "It's beyond grief itself.

"This is an indescribably tragic accident.

"It's difficult to find the words to convey just how painful this news is.

"Oliver was a force of nature - this little blond four-year-old wonder who enchanted everyone who met him.

"He was part of the life here at the brewery, and I know that the staff are also devastated at his death."

"All I can do now is help his mum, dad and siblings in their time of need. They will be forever in my thoughts and prayers."

 Colin Neill, the chief executive of Hospitality Ulster, said: "This is such a tragic loss.

"The Scullion-Hanna family behind the Hilden Brewery are well-known and highly respected across the tight-knit hospitality sector. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad time."