A demonstration was held on Thursday night in remembrance of deceased schoolboy Noah Donohoe.
Blue ribbons were fixed to the gates of Stormont as mourners gathered to remember the 14-year-old boy as a cavalcade of cars in his honour took off across Belfast city with horns beeping to allow for social distancing.
When they see us come together and hear us roar, they ignore it at their peril. Thankyou for the solidarity, what a powerful message it sends out. Until next time Noahs Army⚡ and their will be a next time. #TheTruthIsComing#NoahsArmy⚡#NoahsConvoy pic.twitter.com/NvbQh1KXbS
— My Noah 💙 (@MyNoah8) January 8, 2021
Thurs 7th @ 5.30pm we…Noahs Army⚡and family intend to gather in a show of support for our ongoing fight for the truth.
We give you the option to join with us in the form of a "Car Convoy".
— My Noah 💙 (@MyNoah8) January 6, 2021
Before the event, organisers said that participants could “tie blue ribbons to your cars or anything you feel shows your support to Noah. However, your presence will always be enough support for us. Any of Noah’s Army unable to meet and join the ‘Car Convoy’ please come out and greet us as we pass through your areas.”
Donohoe, who attended St. Malachy’s college, was declared missing during a bike trip last June. His body was discovered in a storm drain six days later after a wide scale search operation.
The Donohoe family have been seeking answers to outstanding questions regarding the cause of Noah’s disappearance and death, and have launched multiple social media accounts in his memory. At the time of this article the “My Noah” Twitter account has over 23,000 followers, and the Facebook page has 30,000 likes.
Though a full inquest was planned for January 8th 2021, it was postponed late last year.
Fiona Donohoe, Noah’s mother, has said she is planning to set up a foundation in memory of her son, hoping to bring inspiration to other young people in Noah’s age bracket.
Niall Murphy of KRW Law, who is representing the family, thanked the general public for their continued support on behalf of the Donohoes.
“It is [Fiona Donohoe’s] intention to memorialise and to keep in public memory the legacy of her beautiful son Noah and it is considered that a foundation that will speak to his principles as a young person, that might inspire other young people of his age, that that foundation will be incepted, hopefully in the coming weeks.”