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Foster signs book of condolence for victims of Cookstown tragedy

Arlene Foster signs the book of condolence Picture credit: BBC NI
Arlene Foster signs the book of condolence Picture credit: BBC NI
Floral tributes outside The Greenvale Hotel (Liam McBurney/PA)
Morgan Barnard
Connor Currie
Lauren Bullock
Andrew Madden

By Andrew Madden

DUP leader Arlene Foster has signed a book of condolence in Cookstown for the victims of the Greenvale Hotel tragedy.

Three teenagers died during a St Patrick's Day disco at the hotel in what police believe was a "crushing" incident.

Tributes to Lauren Bullock (17), Morgan Barnard (17) and Connor Currie (16) have poured in from across Northern Ireland since the news broke on Sunday night.

Writing in a book of condolence in the Burnavon Arts Centre, Mrs Foster said: "As a mother of two teenage children I cannot begin to comprehend the pain and anguish the families are enduring.

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Morgan Barnard

"May god give you strength to deal with the days, weeks and months to come.

"Mathew 5 v4: Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted."

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Connor Currie

Speaking following her visit to Cookstown, the DUP leader said: "The tragic loss of life has been felt across the entire area of Cookstown, Dungannon and beyond.

Message of condolence from Arlene Foster
Message of condolence from Arlene Foster

"There are many homes in Northern Ireland who have been devastated by tragedy over the bank holiday weekend. I want to pass on my condolences to the families involved and I pray God will strengthen them all in the days ahead."

At a service at the Holy Trinity Church in Cookstown on Tuesday, which was attended by many classmates of the victims, Fr Laurence Boyle said the students were "united in grief".

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Lauren Bullock

"We are united through this tragedy. This is a time of great shock and grief for our community, the families of those teenagers who lost their lives," he said.

Councillor Sean McPeake, chairman of Mid Ulster District Council, said there had been an “outpouring of grief” in the local community.

"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."

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