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Funerals for four friends who died in Donegal crash

Hundreds have gathered for the funerals of four friends who died in a car crash in Donegal. Credit: utv

Thousands of people have attended four back-to-back funerals for a group of young men killed in a road crash in Donegal.

Daniel Scott, from Gortahork, John Harley and Shaun Harkin, both from Falcarragh, and Micheal Roarty, from Moneybeg, died in the single-vehicle crash near Magheraroarty, Gortahork on Sunday night.

They were travelling in a Toyota Corolla hatchback when it crashed near a bridge on a minor road.

The four were declared dead at the scene.

Their funerals were held in Gortahork, Falcarragh and Dunlewey on Thursday.

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Local GAA clubs formed a guard of honour as Mr Harkin's remains were taken up the driveway of Christ the King church in Gortahork.

Friends and family of Mr Harley heard the parish priest speak of a County stunned by the four deaths.

Father James Gillespie said: "There is a stillness and a silence to be felt in the community. Everyone is in mourning. It's a tough day for us all."

Mr Roarty's remains were carried into Sacred Heart Church at Dunlewey.

Many mourners wore the green and white colours of his Dunlewey Celtic soccer team. Others had the jersey of Mr Roarty's Gweedore GAA club.

Three former team-mates carried trophies, and a green jersey was placed on the coffin at the doorway to the church.

His team-mates formed a guard of honour.

The priest addressing the funeral of Mr Scott appealed for people to drive safely.

Fr O Gallchoir said: "Drive with care, drive with attention, drive safely so that no harm will befall anybody.

"The car, as we can see, is a lethal weapon."

Fr O Gallchoir added: "We are all precious, fragile, brittle, easily broken. Our community is full of broken hearts."