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Funeral to be held for Donegal crash victim Amy Loughrey

By Staff Reporter

Mourners will today pay their final respects to Londonderry woman Amy Loughrey, who was killed in a road crash in Co Donegal.

The 25-year-old was fatally injured when her car was in a collision with another vehicle near Fahan on Thursday night.

She had just completed a shift at the Red Door Country House where she worked and was on her way home to the Waterside area.

Amy will be laid to rest today after Requiem Mass at St Columb's church on Chapel Road at 11am.

Glendermott parish priest Fr Michael Canny, who visited the family shortly after the crash, said Amy's parents and sister had been left completely devastated.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Fr Canny said: "Getting a call to visit a family in our parish in these circumstances is difficult at any time, but so close to Christmas brings added poignancy.

"Her mother was expecting her home from work and was getting anxious because she was late. Her worst fears were realised when she opened the door to two police officers, who told her the news."

Father Canny described how family members and friends were taking down Christmas decorations after the tragedy.

"A family that should have been celebrating Christmas will now have to prepare for a funeral on St Stephen's Day," he said.

"The only thing the family is concentrating on for now is having Amy with them, but as a parish we will keep them in our prayers."

Amy was a former pupil of Oakgrove Integrated College in Derry.

Garda superintendent Eugene McGovern appealed to anyone who was on that stretch of road between 10.45pm and 10.55pm to contact them.

Meanwhile the name of a man who died in an accident on the M1 motorway on Friday afternoon has not yet been released.

He was driving a grey Honda Civic on the Belfast-bound lane near Tamnamore when his vehicle left the road.

Police have asked anyone who was on the road at the time to contact them on the emergency number 101.

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