Talented footballer killed hiking in mountain suffered ‘traumatic chest injuries’

An investigation has been opened into the death of a talented footballer who died in a tragic hiking accident, leaving his heartbroken family without him.

Kieran James Halliwell, who played for Atherton Town FC, climbed Mount Mweelrea in Co Mayo, Ireland on August 15.

Police Coroner’s Officer Julieann Hyde told the inquest hearing how he was found unconscious by Mountain Rescue three days later.

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She told the Bolton Coroner’s Court: “On August 15, Kieran went to climb the mountain.

“He did not return from his expedition and was found dead by Mountain Rescue on August 18th.”

Following an autopsy performed by Dr Tamas Nemeth, Kieran’s cause of death was recorded as pulmonary hemorrhage, caused by pulmonary puncture, caused by traumatic injuries to the chest.

Manchester West Senior Coroner Timothy Brennand has adjourned the hearing until February 10, 2022, MEN reports.

He told the court that there would also be coronary procedures in Ireland, which will have “primacy”.

“I would like to express my gratitude to Mayo Coroner Patrick O’Connor for the extent of his cooperation,” he said.

Mr Brennand also confirmed that following investigations, suspicious circumstances and the involvement of third parties have been ruled out.



The last photo taken by Kieran Halliwell before he was found dead

Kieran was born in Billinge and raised in Leigh, before recently moving to Urmston.

He taught at New Park School in Eccles and also volunteered at Manchester Children’s Hospital after the 2017 bombing, teaching bedridden victims.

His family said the last photo they received of him was a WhatsApp message from the top of the mountain.

The selfie showed Kieran pointing at a mound of stones, surrounded by low clouds or fog.

After her death, sister Bernadette Halliwell said: “He did not have a wife or children, he was just happy to be with his family.

“He wanted to make the most of the summer vacation and that’s why he stayed in Ireland.

“My mom and dad didn’t sleep. It is heartbreaking. I just couldn’t believe it – I had just spent this time in Ireland with him.

“He made sure we all had such a good time. He took us to eat and we spent some time at the beach.

“We went swimming and jumped into the sea. It was my last day with him.

“We can’t believe it. He did not sink.

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