Family of tragic Hilden boy Oliver struggling to cope

Oliver Scullion
Oliver Scullion

The family of a four-year-old boy killed at a Northern Ireland brewery have said they are struggling to deal with the tragedy.

Oliver Scullion died after an accident at Hilden Brewery near Belfast on Thursday.

Seamus Scullion, the boy’s grandfather, said their hearts had been broken.

He said: “Oliver was a beautiful child, full of life and enthusiasm for everything he did.

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

Health and safety inspectors are investigating the circumstances of the accident in which Oliver’s father, Owen, brewery manager was also hurt.

In a statement, the well-known family have thanked people for their support but have requested for privacy to grieve.

A three day craft beer and music festival due to take place later this month has also been cancelled.

It said: “The Scullion-Hanna family would like to thank all who are supporting us at this heart-breaking time.

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

Hilden Brewing Company is one of Ireland’s oldest independent brewers. It was established by Ann and Seamus Scullion in 1981 in the courtyard of Hilden House the home of a former linen making family.

They also own the popular restaurant Molly’s Yard close to Queen’s University in Belfast.

Close family friends have described Oliver as a “force of nature”.

SDLP councillor Pat Catney said: “This little blond four-year-old wonder 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.”