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Ballycastle united in prayer for crash teen Clodagh Arbuckle

By Nevin Farrell

Published 13/04/2015

Clodagh Arbuckle is fighting for her life in the RVH Belfast
Clodagh Arbuckle is fighting for her life in the RVH Belfast
Prayers: the cross-community vigil for Clodagh Arbuckle

Hundreds of people have attended a cross-community candle-lit vigil in Ballycastle to pray for 18-year-old Clodagh Arbuckle.

The teenager was injured in a horror car smash near Ballycastle on Easter Monday in which two men - 19-year-old Johnny Black and Robin Wilson (26) - were killed.

Ms Arbuckle was described last night as being critically ill in the intensive care unit of Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.

On Saturday night, hundreds of people attended a candle-lit vigil to pray for the recovery of Ms Arbuckle, who is well-known in Ballycastle where she attends Cross and Passion College and works in The Golden Chip takeaway.

On Saturday night, just yards from the chip shop, well-wishers gathered at The Diamond where candles were lit and prayers said.

Causeway Coast and Glens Council representatives Padraig McShane, Cara McShane and Joan Baird spoke, and prayers were led by the Rev John Stanbridge from Ballycastle Presbyterian Church and the Rev Brian Daly from St Patrick's and St Brigid's Church.

Firefighter Ciaran Haughey, an uncle of Ms Arbuckle, thanked the community on behalf of the family for all their prayers and support.

He said: "It's lovely to know that as a community we are all there for each other in times of need."

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