Devastated parents say farewell to their only child
The grief-stricken parents of a road crash victim clung to one another for support at the funeral of their only child.
Orla Curry (20), from Rathdowney, Co Laois, was among three friends killed in the accident which happened in the early hours of Sunday morning.
She was described at her funeral as the "apple of her father's eye" and "the centre of her parents' lives".
Also killed outright in the crash last Sunday were Martin Brophy (20) - whose funeral takes place in Rathdowney today - and mother-of-one Angela Kelly (35).
Chief mourners at Orla's funeral at St Canice's Church in Clough were her parents, Peter and Ann, as well as her extended family.
A poignant guard of honour was formed outside the old stone church by female members of St Brigid's GAA club, of which Orla had been a member.
Parish priest Fr Jim Murphy said they were "speechless in the face of this tragedy".
"The entire country would like to be able to take away the trauma," he added.