Belfast Telegraph

Friday 30 January 2015

Donegal crash: Tragic Paul laid to rest on his 20th birthday

Gary Doherty at the funeral of his brother Paul at St Mary's Church, Clonmany, yesterday
Gary Doherty at the funeral of his brother Paul at St Mary's Church, Clonmany, yesterday
The coffin of Paul Doherty is removed from the hearse before his funeral at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
Mourners attend the funeral of Paul Doherty at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
Wreaths in the shape of an earth mover and a truck on the hearse carrying the coffin of Paul Doherty at his funeral at St Mary's Church Clonmany in Co Donegal
Mourners attend the funeral of Paul Doherty at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
Mourners attend the funeral of Paul Doherty at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
Mourners attend the funeral of Paul Doherty at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
Mourners attend the funeral of Paul Doherty at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
Mourners attend the funeral of Paul Doherty at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
Mourners attend the funeral of Paul Doherty at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
Mourners attend the funeral of Paul Doherty at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
Mourners attend the funeral of Paul Doherty at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
Mourners attend the funeral of Paul Doherty at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
A truck carrying wreaths for the funeral of Paul Doherty at St Mary's Church in Clonmany, Co Donegal
Paul Doherty, one of the eight me killed in the Buncrana car crash
The coffin of Hugh Friel, 66, from Dunaff, Clonmany, who was one of eight men who died in Ireland's worst road crash, is carried during his funeral service at St Michaels Church, Urris, Clonmany in Co Donegal
The funeral of Hugh Friel. 14.7.10
The funeral of Hugh Friel. 14.7.10
The funeral of Hugh Friel. 14.7.10
The funeral of Hugh Friel. 14.7.10
The funeral of Hugh Friel. 14.7.10
The funeral of Hugh Friel. 14.7.10
The funeral of Hugh Friel. 14.7.10
The funeral of Hugh Friel. 14.7.10
The funeral of Hugh Friel. 14.7.10
The funeral of Hugh Friel. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
The funeral of Mark McLaughlin. 14.7.10
Flowers left at the scene of the fatal road crash on the Inishowen peninsula which claimed eight lives
Mourners follow a hearse carrying the coffin of James McEleney, 23, as it makes its way to his home in Minaduff, Clonmany
A hearse carrying the coffin of James McEleney, 23, makes it's way to his home in Minaduff, Clonmany, from Letterkenny Hospital in Donegal
The car in which 7 men died is removed from the scene in Donegal last night
The car in which Hugh Friel (66) died is removed from the scene in Donegal last night
Flowers at the scene of a crash in which eight men were killed when two cars collided on the Buncrana to Clonmany road, near Buncrana in Co Donegal
The scene of the crash near Buncrana
The scene of the crash near Buncrana
Assistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny at the press conference in Buncrana yesterday following the accident which claimed the lives of eight men
Eamonn McDaid, one of the eight men killed in the Buncrana car crash
PJ McLaughlin, one of the eight men killed in the Buncrana car crash
Ciaran Sweeney, one of the eight men killed in the Buncrana car crash
Damien McLaughlin, one of the eight men killed in the Buncrana car crash
James McEleaney, one of the eight men killed in the Buncrana car crash
Mark McLaughlin, one of the eight men killed in the Buncrana car crash

Paul Doherty, one of the eight victims of the fatal car crash in Inishowen last Sunday night, was laid to rest yesterday on his 20th birthday.

And at his funeral Mass in St Mary's Church, Clonmany, yesterday morning, parish priest Fr Fintan Diggin spoke about how the young man's life might have unfolded.

“Who knows what he could've been, who knows what he would've developed into being, who knows what a future on this earth would've meant for him; the possibilities he had to get married and generate new life,” Fr Diggin said.

“We're contemplating these things, wondering what the future might've been and yet so burdened down with the grief of present days.”

A huge crowd gathered outside the church yesterday morning to meet the cortege which included the cab of an articulated lorry carrying wreaths.

Also the roof of the hearse bore flowers in the shape of a digger and a model truck festooned with rosebuds — testament to Paul Doherty's love of mechanics.

And several items belonging to Paul, who worked as a truck driver, had been placed on the foot of the altar, including a boilersuit, a spanner and a model lorry with his name printed on the side of it.

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