Belfast Telegraph

Funerals for road crash victims due

The first funerals of the victims of the Kerry road crash tragedy will be held in the coming days.

As families made final arrangements, gardai were trying to piece together the movements of the car carrying five teenagers in the four hours before it crashed early on Wednesday.

Brothers Kevin and David Breen will be laid to rest in Killarney after Mass at St Mary's Cathedral on Saturday morning.

Kevin's girlfriend Aine O'Riordain, from Castleisland, will be buried on Friday after a funeral service at her local church, St Stephen and St John's. She will be buried a few miles away in Clogher.

Arrangements have yet to be finalised for the fourth victim Brian Coffey, from the Fossa area.

Meanwhile, the only survivor of the horrific crash, Daragh Jones, was said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

The five were in a 10-year-old silver Hyundai Accent which careered off the road on a sweeping bend of the N72 at Barraduff and crashed into an oak tree. David Breen was believed to have been driving.

The accident devastated three families and communities all within 20 miles of each other in the popular Co Kerry tourist area of Killarney.

It is believed the car, which had been registered to a local dealer and may have been sold on recently, was borrowed from a friend. The five had been at a party in the area before the 7am accident.

Post-mortem examinations, including toxicology tests, were being carried out on the teenagers' bodies before they were released to their families.

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