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Sunday 21 January 2018

Crash victims' funerals arranged

The remains of the car pictured at the scene of the accident near Killarney. Photo: Frank McGrath
The remains of the car pictured at the scene of the accident near Killarney. Photo: Frank McGrath
Sheila Breen speaking yesterday after learning that her sons Kevin and David were killed in the car crash near Killarney. Photo: Frank McGrath
Aine O'Riordan and David Breen died in the crash
A photograph of Kevin and David Breen, taken when they were at primary school

The first funerals of the victims of the Kerry road crash tragedy will be held over the next two days, it was revealed today.

As families made final arrangements, gardai were trying to piece together the movements of the car carrying five teenagers in the four hours before it crashed early on Wednesday.

Brothers Kevin and David Breen will be laid to rest in Killarney after Mass at St Mary's Cathedral on Saturday morning.

Kevin's girlfriend Aine O'Riordain, from Castleisland, will be buried tomorrow after a funeral service at her local church, St Stephen and St John's. She will be buried a few miles away in Clogher.

Arrangements have yet to be finalised for the fourth victim Brian Coffey, from the Fossa area.

Meanwhile, the only survivor of the horrific crash, Daragh Jones, was said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

The five were in a 10-year-old silver Hyundai Accent which careered off the road on a sweeping bend of the N72 at Barraduff and crashed into an oak tree. David Breen was believed to have been driving.

The accident devastated three families and communities all within 20 miles of each other in the popular Co Kerry tourist area of Killarney.

It is believed the car, which had been registered to a local dealer and may have been sold on recently, was borrowed from a friend.

The five had been at a party in the area before the 7am accident.

Post-mortem examinations, including toxicology tests, were being carried out on the teenagers' bodies before they were released to their families.

Transport minister Noel Dempsey extended his condolences to the families of the four young people.

"The heartbreak that the families of the deceased and their communities will bear is unimaginable," he said.

"As a government, we will never become complacent about road safety. Our work to keep Irish roads safe will continue, so that similar tragedies can be prevented in the future."

David's brother Kevin celebrated his 15th birthday five days ago and was due to start third year. Both lived in Ballyspillane estate in Killarney with their parents, Denis and Sheila, who made a visit to the crash site.

Schoolgirl Aine, 15, from Castleisland, was due to start six year in St Joseph's Presentation School next week.

Their friend Mr Coffey, 19, from Fossa, died later in Kerry General Hospital, where Daragh, 17, a GAA player and athlete from Fieries in Farranfore, was being treated.

The fatalities took the number of people killed on Irish roads so far this year to 137 - which includes nine people in Kerry.

The Garda road traffic corps appealed for information from anyone who may have seen the car, registration 00-KY-54533, between 3am and 7am in the Killarney area.

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