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The remains of Morgan Barnard are returned to the family home in Springdale, Dungannon,
yesterday

The remains of Morgan Barnard are returned to the family home in Springdale, Dungannon, yesterday

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Lauren Bullock

Lauren Bullock

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Morgan Barnard

Morgan Barnard

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Connor Currie

Connor Currie

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DUP leader Arlene Foster signs a book of condolence

DUP leader Arlene Foster signs a book of condolence

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The remains of Morgan Barnard are returned to the family home in Springdale, Dungannon, yesterday

The funerals of the three young people who died in the St Patrick's Day tragedy in Cookstown will all take place tomorrow.

Lauren Bullock (17) from Donaghmore, Morgan Barnard (17) and Connor Currie (16), both from Dungannon, died following the crush at the Greenvale Hotel as crowds of young people waited to gain entry to the venue on Sunday night.

Lauren, a pupil at St Patrick's College in Dungannon, will be laid to rest after a funeral from her late residence in Donaghmore at 10.30am, followed by Mass in St Patrick's Church in Donaghmore at 11am.

Interment will take place afterwards in the adjoining graveyard.

A funeral for Morgan Barnard will be held at his home in Dungannon followed by Requiem Mass at St Patrick's Church in Dungannon for 10am. He will be buried in Carland Road cemetery.

The funeral of Connor Currie will also be held in his Dungannon home followed by Requiem Mass at 2pm at St Malachy's Church in Edendork before burial in the adjoining graveyard.

Both boys were pupils at St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon.

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Books of condolence remain open in The Burnavon Arts Centre in Cookstown, Ranfurly Arts Centre in Dungannon and at The Bridewell in Magherafelt.

Another book of condolence opened at City Hall in Belfast yesterday. It can be signed between 8.30am and 5pm.

DUP leader and former First Minister Arlene Foster was among hundreds to write a tribute to the three tragic teenagers.

"I cannot begin to comprehend the pain and anguish the families of Lauren, Connor and Morgan are going through at this time," Mrs Foster said.

"As a mother of two teenagers this is the news no parent should ever receive, particularly as young people go out for an evening of enjoyment."

Cookstown-born Northern Ireland international football star Stuart Dallas also sent his sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives at the weekend in his home town.

"Obviously waking up on Monday morning to that news was devastating first and foremost for the families of all involved," the Leeds United winger told Cool FM.

"As a Cookstown lad my sympathy goes out to the families and friends of everybody involved.

"I hope they can get comfort in some kind of way."


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