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Funeral to take place for first of two teen friends killed in horror crash in Donegal

By Donna Deeney

The funeral for the first of two teenage friends killed in a Donegal crash will be held tomorrow.

Parish priest Fr Francis Bradley, who will say Requiem Mass for Nathan Dixon-Gill (17) at St Mary's Church in Cockhill, said the victims' families were struggling with their loss.

Nathan's friend, Nathan Farrell (18), also lost his life. The pair and three other friends were involved in the single-vehicle collision on the Moville Road in the early hours of Saturday.

The survivors remain in hospital - two in Letterkenny and one in Belfast - where they are being treated for their injuries.

After the crash, it emerged Mr Dixon-Gill was due to leave his hometown this weekend to begin a new job in Scotland.

Fr Bradley said the loss had been tough for the families and the whole Buncrana community.

"The families are struggling with their grief, as you would expect, and there is a huge challenge ahead of them," the priest added. "They realise what a terrible waste of life this has been for both of these young men, who had so much ahead of them.

"Naturally, young people feel they are indestructible, but then we are shown the fragility of life.

"I have visited their friends who were in the car with them, and they are coming to terms with the trauma of the loss of their friends, the trauma of the crash and the trauma of their own injuries."

Funeral arrangements for Mr Farrell will be announced later.

This is not the first time Buncrana has been hit by multiple deaths on the roads.

In 2010, eight people from the town were killed in a two-vehicle collision.

Seven passengers in a car driven by Shaun Kelly died, as a well as the 66-year-old driver of the second vehicle, who was on his way home from bingo when the head-on collision happened.

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