Tuesday 20 March 2018

Hundreds try to comfort grieving family of two young brothers

Kevin (left) and David Breen.
Kevin (left) and David Breen.
The remains of David and Kevin Breen are removed from O'Shea's Funeral Home to St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney, Co Kerry, yesterday. Photo: MacMonagle
Mourners at the removal yesterday. Photo: MacMonagle

Barry Duggan

TWO young brothers killed in a horiffic car crash lay side-by-side in a church last night as hundreds of mourners came to comfort their hearbroken family.

St Mary's Cathedral in Killarney was filled to capacity for the removal of David (17) and Kevin (15) Breen, who were killed in Wednesday's terrible road crash.

From late afternoon, up to 1,000 mourners comforted grieving parents Sheila and Denis 'Dinny' Breen. Also there were the brothers' devastated siblings, Michael (21), Denis (19), Mary (11) and Bill (3).

Youngsters, including Kevin's classmates from St Brendan's College in Killarney, gathered at the entrance to the funeral home. MEP for Ireland South Sean Kelly, Kerry county councillor Michael Healy-Rae and former Fianna Fail TD John O'Leary were among those offering their sympathies before the two coffins were brought the short journey across to the cathedral for this morning's funeral Mass.

A large crowd is also expected to gather today at nearby Fossa Parish Church for the funeral of fourth victim, Brian Coffey (19).


Sole survivor of the accident, Darragh Jones (16) from Farranfore, is still recovering at Tralee General Hospital. Gardai intend to speak to him about the crash when he is well enough.

Investigating gardai believe the 10-year-old Hyundai Accent was driven between the Killarney and Barraduff area in the hours before the early morning crash at Carrigeen along the N72 route and are anxious to speak to anyone who may have seen it.

Officers are trying to determine how the teens obtained the vehicle from another person who, it is understood, had the Kerry-registered car on loan from a local garage while his own car was being repaired.

Irish Independent

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