Tuesday 25 September 2018

First funeral of Mayo river tragedy to take place today

Martin Needham (left) and Declan Davitt - friends who died after SUV was swept away in Mayo
Martin Needham (left) and Declan Davitt - friends who died after SUV was swept away in Mayo
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The first of the funerals for two young men who drowned in a tragic Christmas Day accident will take place today.

The funeral of Martin Needham will take place at the Church of the Holy Family, Killeen at midday, while the funeral of his friend Declan Davitt will take place on Saturday.

Martin (27) and his friend Declan (26) drowned in the early hours of Christmas morning when the 4X4 vehicle they were in became submerged in water as they tried to cross the Carrowniskey river near Louisburgh.

It is understood they were taking a shortcut across a stretch of water that is normally passable.

It has also emerged that the Davitt family suffered a separate Christmas tragedy seven years ago.

Declan's older sister Kathleen drowned off the west coast in 2010. Her funeral took place on Christmas week, when she was 26, the same age as Declan, according to shocked locals.

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