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Book of condolence opened for victims of Greenvale Hotel tragedy

A book of condolence has been opened by Mid Ulster District Council for the three teenage victims of the Greenvale Hotel tragedy.

A 17-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy died at a St Patrick's Day disco at the hotel in Cookstown, after a crush took place among crowds of youngsters.

Councillor Sean McPeake, chair of the council, said three families have lost children in "the most tragic of circumstances".

"The loss is quite simply unimaginable and my heartfelt sympathies go to the families and friends who are grieving," he said.

“There is a widespread outpouring of grief among local people and to help the community express their sympathies with the families at such a terrible time, I will open books of condolence in the Burnavon in Cookstown, in Ranfurly House Dungannon and in the Bridewell in Magherafelt tomorrow morning.

“The Council is working closely with the emergency services in the aftermath of this awful tragedy and I would urge anyone with information to come forward to assist the investigation”.

A floral tribute near the Greenvale Hotel (Liam McBurney/PA)
A floral tribute near the Greenvale Hotel (Liam McBurney/PA)
The scene of the incident in Cookstown, Co Tyrone (Liam McBurney/PA)
The Greenvale Hotel, in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, in Northern Ireland where three people have died
Police at the entrance to the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone (Liam McBurney/PA)

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