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Victims of Athy crash (left to right) Niamh Doyle, Aisling Middleton, Gemma Nolan, and Chermaine Carroll

Victims of Athy crash (left to right) Niamh Doyle, Aisling Middleton, Gemma Nolan, and Chermaine Carroll

Victims of Athy crash (left to right) Niamh Doyle, Aisling Middleton, Gemma Nolan, and Chermaine Carroll

Two of the four friends who were killed in a horror car crash will be buried in the same cemetery.

Communities across Carlow and Kildare are trying to come to terms with the loss of the four best friends in the Athy tragedy, while driver Dayna Kearney remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Past and present pupils from St Leo’s College in Carlow, where all the girls went to school, will attend a private memorial service in Carlow Cathedral today.

"It is an opportunity for the students and staff of Saint Leo’s College in Carlow to remember in prayer their past pupils who have died and to pray God’s healing grace on their past pupil who is injured," said a church spokesman.

It has also been announced that the funerals of Gemma Nolan and Niamh Doyle will be held one day apart in the Holy Family Church in Askea, Carlow. Both will also be buried at St Mary’s Cemetery, Carlow.

Heartbroken friends and family, including grief-stricken parents Jim and Josephine, siblings John, Fran and Darren and boyfriend Frankie, will say goodbye to 19-year-old Gemma at 2pm tomorrow.

The teenager was a second-year student at St Patrick's College in Carlow, where she was studying social studies.

Her friend Niamh will be the last of the four girls to be buried on Saturday after her funeral mass in the Holy Family Church, Askea, at noon.

Niamh, from Mount Leinster Park in Carlow, is survived by her loving parents Ber and Veronica, sister Louise, brother Kevin who is flying home from Anstralia, niece Rachel and boyfriend Shane.

The funeral of 20- year-old Chermaine Carroll, from Dolmen Heights, Pollerton, Co Carlow, will be held at 11am tomorrow in St Mary's Church, Bennekerry.

Chermaine, who was described as "bubbliest person you could ever meet" by staff at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel where she worked, is survived by her loving parents, sisters Leanne and Melisa, brother Ger, boyfriend Thos and granny Marie.

And on Saturday morning Ashling Middleton will be laid to rest.

The funeral mass of 19-year-old Ashling, from Coney Meadows, Coneyboro, Athy, will be held at the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Ballycane, Naas, at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. Corban’s Cemetery, Naas.

The teenager who was a second year student of English and Anthropology at Maynooth University, was described as being treasured and much loved by her late dad Ray and deeply adored daughter by her loving mother Sharon, grandparents, aunts uncles and cousins.

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