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Crowds pay their final respects

NEW Year's Eve will never again be a day of celebration for the grieving family of a young man killed in this week's triple road crash tragedy, his funeral heard yesterday.

The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Kingscourt, Co Cavan, was packed to capacity for the funeral of 27-year-old Paul Carroll.

Paul, and his best friend and business partner Glen Curtis, who were described as 'two peas in a pod', died in a three-car collision outside Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, on Monday night.

The tragedy also claimed the life of five-months pregnant Roisin Connolly (38), and her unborn baby Catherine.

Kingscourt parish priest Fr Gerry McCormack told the congregation the local community had been plunged into shock and disbelief in the wake of the tragedy.

He said they were gathered to offer what he described as "a crumb of comfort" to Paul's father Richard, his mother Pam, sisters Brid, Tracy and Marie and brother Sean.

Fr McCormack said Paul's death had made a deep impact on the local community.

Paul was the youngest of his family and was described by his parish priest as an unexpected addition to the Carroll household, who was affectionately known as 'sweet pea'.

He was described as a hard-working, light-hearted individual who took life and everything in his stride and lived his life to the full.

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