Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Villagers pay tribute to tragic car death teenager

Published 09/05/2013

Hundreds of mourners gathered at St Joseph's Church in Craigbane, Co Londonderry, for the funeral of Cathal Donaghy (16) who lost his life after he was hit by a car.

His team-mates and friends from St Joseph's Craigbane GAC formed a guard of honour for the boy who parish priest Fr David O'Kane said "died too young". The entire community from the Co Derry village where Cathal grew up gathered along with his parents, three sisters and family for Requiem Mass yesterday before he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.

Cathal, the third of three people who lost their lives on the roads in Northern Ireland at the weekend, was walking on the Beltany Road in Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone, when the collision happened at around 11pm on Friday. He died at Altnagelvin hospital the following day. Fr O'Kane described Cathal as a "regular 16-year-old with a large group of friends who just died too young".

He added: "This is every parent's nightmare, to see their children go out at night, ending up in hospital... then having to face what they are now facing."

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