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The family of a former St Colman's pupil have published a comic book in his memory.

Fourteen year old Mark Colgan was knocked down and killed on his way to school in March 2014 and 'Mark's Christmas Comic' has been published to mark what would have been his 21st Birthday. The comic will raise funds for Road Safe NI Newry, Mourne and Down and will help provide road safety education, as well as support for people affected by road traffic collisions.

Mark Colgan
Mark Colgan

Mark from Banbridge who attended St Colman’s College, Newry should have had his whole life ahead of him.  Mark was an avid comic reader and designed and wrote numerous comics during the last few years of his life.  Every year on Mark’s birthday in December, Mark’s family celebrate Mark’s life by hosting an event.  This year to mark his 21st birthday, Mark’s family have published ‘Mark’s Christmas Comic’. 

Marks family said “Every year from Marks untimely death we always have a birthday celebration where various charities have benefited. We always get involved in things that we know Mark would approve. Big breakfast, coffee mornings, comedy plays, Slieve Donard climb and this year we have one of his very own Christmas Comic "Super Santa" published. Mark made this comic when he was in P6 and it has lay in a cupboard ever since. What a shame as we know the work and imagination he put into it.”

“After reading this comic Mark's fun loving personality just shines through every page and it brings Mark very close to us. We want people to sit back and enjoy the hilarious adventures of ‘Super Santa’.” 

Mark's Christmas Comic
Mark's Christmas Comic

On December 1, Santa is busy making lists of who is good who is bad. He then comes across someone who is EVIL.  Join Super Santa as he makes his way to 89 Badman Ville. Will Super Santa be able to defeat the evil Mr Cheeky Chap?

The comic was released on Monday 23 November and it will be available to buy at local supermarkets including McCartans Pharmacy at Fiveways, Newry and Spar, Patrick Street Newry; Walshes Newsagents Scarva Street Banbridge; Brian Campbell’s Eurospar Scarva Street Banbridge, Costcutter Loughbrickland, Fresh Food Centres, Warrenpoint & Castlewellan and O’Malleys Shop, Poyntzpass.

For the up to date list of stores selling the comic, visit Mark’s facebook page at www.facebook.com

The comic can also be ordered by emailing markscomic@gmail.com and payments made through paypal:  markcolgancomics@gmail.com 

The Comic costs £10 and all proceeds will be donated to a local Charity that is very close to Mark’s family’s heart, Road Safe NI NM&D Committee. 

The local Charity is run by volunteers that all have lost someone to a RTC.  They provide road safety education through programmes, events and campaigns, in Newry, Mourne & Down district and also in neighbouring council districts such as ACBC and cross border in Co. Louth.  The group also provide support to individuals and families affected by road crashes including their ‘Road Ahead’ support group.

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