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Saturday 26 July 2014

T-shirt tribute to teen killed in stolen car crash

Caroline Crawford

Published 24/04/2014|08:37

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Sorrow: Mourners walk beside the funeral cortege as Steven Carney is laid to rest.
Mourners arriving for the funeral Mass of Stephen Carney at St Cronans Church Roscrea, Tipperary. Picture: Mark Condren
Mourners arriving for the funeral Mass of Stephen Carney at St Cronans Church Roscrea, Tipperary. Picture: Mark Condren

“STEVEN gone, but never forgotten” was the sad message on the t-shirts worn by friends at the funeral of 18-year-old Steven Carney, killed in a car crash on Monday.

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Young people attending the requiem Mass were urged to think of their lost friend and make good decisions.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at St Cronan's Church in Roscrea, Co Tipperary,          yesterday.

Steven died after the BMW car he was driving crashed into a wall on the Birr Road outside Roscrea at 2am on Monday morning.

His devastated parents Greg and Sharon and younger brothers Dion and Daragh were comforted by dozens of Steven's friends wearing the black t-shirts with memorial message.

At the start of the funeral, Mass prayers were also said for his 16-year-old passenger Stephen Loughnane who remains in a serious condition in hospital following  the crash on Monday.

Fr Lorcan Kenny who was Steven Carney's former chaplain, urged his young friends to think of him and make good decisions.

He urged them to seek someone to lean on, as they tried to deal with their friend’s death.

“Do not lean on drink and drugs. They are not your friend,” he said.

“Lean on people who respect you, lean on people who love you.”

“You can honour Steven's life by making good decisions.”

He told mourners that “no one person could be judged for one action”.

“If that was the case we'd all have to leave the Church. Steven was loved, that is the most important thing,” he added.

Fr Kenny said he was aware that Steven had been having a difficult few months following the tragic death of a close friend which left his heart broken.

However, he told the congregation that he had begun to see a smile back on the teenager's face and believed he was a young man going places.

“And he is gone to a better place, he's gone to a place where he's safe,” he added.

He remembered Steven's roughish charm and his constant smirk and told the congregation to hold onto their memories of Steven to help them cope with his death.

A family member also spoke movingly of the young teen, remembering his love for his family and how he was loved by everyone.

She told how he would forever look after his younger brothers Dion and Daragh.

Gifts were brought to the altar by his young brothers and friends – including a mirror and hair gel.

A Liverpool FC jersey bearing his name and a CD of country music were also presented during the service.

A photo of Steven with his two young brothers were also brought to the altar.

Gardai investigating the crash are seeking information on the stolen black BMW which was taken from a car sales yard in Brosna, Co Offaly, between 1am and 1.40am.

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