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Victims of tragedy to be laid to rest today

By Greg Harkin

Published 24/03/2016

School friends of the three youngest victims of the Buncrana tragedy will lead tributes at their funeral service, which takes place today.

The joint funeral will take place for members of the Daniels/McGrotty family in Ballymagroarty, Derry, at 2pm.

Sean McGrotty (46), his two sons Mark (12) and Evan (8) and the boys’ 59-year-old grandmother Ruth Daniels all died in Sunday’s disaster.

Mrs Daniels’ daughter — 14-year-old Jodi-Lee — also died when the family’s Audi car slid on algae on the slipway and went crashing into the sea.

Choirs from the schools attended by the three youngest victims will lead musical tributes during the Holy Thursday special service.

Louise, the boys’ mother, will read a poem remembering the family members she lost on Sunday evening.

The five victims will be laid to rest in two graves at Derry’s City Cemetery after the service.

Sean will be buried alongside his sons in one grave, while Ruth will be laid to rest alongside Jodi-Lee.

The Catholic Primate, Archbishop Eamon Martin, the former bishop of Derry, visited the family home in St Eithne’s Park last night to help comfort Louise and other family members.

“At a time like this I realise that any words of mine are totally inadequate,” said Archbishop Martin.

“The enormous tragedy that has struck this family has stunned us all into silence.

“All that we can offer is our spiritual presence with them and the promise of our prayers.

 People from all over Ireland and beyond want to be close to all the bereaved in this time of grief.”

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