Saturday 22 September 2018

Second of the funerals for two lifelong friends who died in tragic accident on Christmas Day to be held today

Declan Davitt, 26, died with his friend Martin Needham after being swept away in a river in Co Mayo (Family handout/PA)
Declan Davitt, 26, died with his friend Martin Needham after being swept away in a river in Co Mayo (Family handout/PA)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The second of the funerals for two young man who drowned in a tragic accident on Christmas Day will be held today.

Declan Davitt (26) and his lifelong friend Martin Needham (27) were killed when the 4x4 vehicle they were driving became submerged in water as they tried to cross Carrowniskey River in Louisburgh, Co Mayo.

They were taking a shortcut across a river that is normally passable.

Mr Davitt's funeral will be held at the Church of the Holy Family in Killeen at 12pm, followed by a burial in Killeen New Cemetery.

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

Hundreds of mourners attended the same church yesterday to say their final goodbyes to Mr Needham.

Louisburgh Parish priest Fr Martin Long told the devastated congregation: "The terrible reality of the extent of the tragedy has left us with nothing but our raw human emotions, a numbing sadness, shock, disbelief and anger, helplessness and tears, so many tears.”

Mr Davitt is survived by his parents Walter and Mary, his brother Christopher and sisters Mary and Patricia and extended family and many friends.

Tragically, Mr Davitt is pre-deceased by his older sister Kathleen, who drowned in a separate Christmas tragedy seven years ago.

Kathleen Davitt
Kathleen Davitt

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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