Tribute to Ian Gallagher
The family of 17 year old Ian Gallagher have
paid tribute to the selfless, loving student who died on New Year's
Day following a road traffic collision.
Ian's parents, Alan and Andrea, his brother
Phillip, sister, Beth, his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins
have been overwhelmed by the immense support from the student's
friends and the local community.
Alan said: "The messages and the outpouring of
support from the communities of Denbigh, Caerwys and Wrexham have
been incredible, we have been so touched by the warmth of feeling
from his many friends."
A former pupil of Denbigh High School, Ian was
also well known in Caerwys, where his grandparents live.
Ian was well on his way to achieving his
lifelong ambition of becoming a solider. For the past six months
Ian had been a student at the Motivational Preparation College for
Training (MPCT) in Wrexham and had started his application to join
Alan said: "In our eyes he was already a
soldier, we are extremely proud of him and all that he achieved.
Ian was never afraid to raise his head above the parapet and stand
up for the right things. He cared deeply for his family and friends
and always put others before himself."
Ian had a special place in his heart for the
newest member of the Gallagher family, his nephew, nine month old
Riley Jay's father, Phillip (Ian's brother)
said: "Ian looked out for everyone. He loved Riley, the teddy bear
he gave him for Christmas is a special present which we'll keep for
him until he's older."
Alan and Andrea also paid tribute to all those
who helped Ian following the collision which happened on the A541
Mold Road, Wrexham, during the early hours of New Year's Day.
Alan said: "The emergency services, the
medical staff, those who were with him, we are deeply grateful for
everything that they did for Ian, we cannot thank them enough."