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Greenvale Hotel tragedy victim Morgan Barnard buried with St Patrick's Academy crest on his heart

By Claire McNeilly in Dungannon

Over 2,000 mourners at the funeral of Morgan Barnard were told that he will be buried with the crest of St Patrick's Academy on his heart.

Father Aidan McCann said the special gesture was because the 17-year-old student loved his friends and teachers at the school and they loved him.

As heavy rain fell outside St Patrick's Church in Dungannon during 10am Requiem Mass, tears flowed freely inside as Morgan's family and friends mourned the loss of the young man who, the priest said, will always be remembered for the smile on his face.

Young Morgan, from Springdale, in the Co Tyrone town, was one of three teenagers who tragically lost their lives in a crush while queuing for a St Patrick's night disco.

Archbishop Eamon Martin, head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, also remembered the other two victims of the March 17 tragedy - Lauren Bullock (17) and Connor Currie (16) - during a short address at the start of the 70 minute service.

Referring to "a valley of tears", he told the congregation that "the shocking events of Sunday remind us that life is very fragile".

There were heart breaking scenes outside before the Mass when Morgan's mother Maria who, weighed down with her grief, had to be helped inside the chapel.

Friends and family of teenager Morgan Barnard attend his funeral in Dungannon. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Friends and family of teenager Morgan Barnard attend his funeral in Dungannon. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2019 Friends and family of teenager Morgan Barnard attend his funeral in Dungannon this morning. Morgan and two others were killed in a tragic accident at the Greenvale Hotel on St Patricks night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Mother Maria Barnard is held by her partner James Bradley as they follow the funeral cortege at St Patrick's Church, Dungannon after the funeral of their child, Morgan Barnard. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 22, 2019. Teenagers Lauren Bullock, Connor Currie and Morgan Barnard died after a crush at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, on Sunday. See PA story ULSTER Cookstown. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
22nd March 2019 Family and friends pictured as the coffin leaves St Patricks Church in Dungannon after paying respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day . Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends pictured as the coffin leaves St Patricks Church in Dungannon after paying respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day . Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends pictured as the coffin leaves St Patricks Church in Dungannon after paying respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day . Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends pictured as the coffin leaves St Patricks Church in Dungannon after paying respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day . Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends pictured as the coffin leaves St Patricks Church in Dungannon after paying respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day . Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends pictured as the coffin leaves St Patricks Church in Dungannon after paying respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day . Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
The coffin of Morgan Barnard is taken from St Patrick's Church, Dungannon after his funeral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 22, 2019. Teenagers Lauren Bullock, Connor Currie and Morgan Barnard died after a crush at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, on Sunday. See PA story ULSTER Cookstown. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The coffin of Morgan Barnard is taken into St Patrick's Church, Dungannon for his funeral. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Mourners at the funeral of Morgan Barnard at St Patrick's Church, Dungannon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 22, 2019. Teenagers Lauren Bullock, Connor Currie and Morgan Barnard died after a crush at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, on Sunday. See PA story ULSTER Cookstown. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The coffin of Morgan Barnard is taken into St Patrick's Church, Dungannon for his funeral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 22, 2019. Teenagers Lauren Bullock, Connor Currie and Morgan Barnard died after a crush at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, on Sunday. See PA story ULSTER Cookstown. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Catherine McHugh (right), principal of St Patrick's College, Dungannon at the funeral of Morgan Barnard at St Patrick's Church, Dungannon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 22, 2019. Teenagers Lauren Bullock, Connor Currie and Morgan Barnard died after a crush at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, on Sunday. See PA story ULSTER Cookstown. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Catherine McHugh (holding red and whit umbrella), principal of St Patrick's College, Dungannon at the funeral of Morgan Barnard at St Patrick's Church, Dungannon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 22, 2019. Teenagers Lauren Bullock, Connor Currie and Morgan Barnard died after a crush at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, on Sunday. See PA story ULSTER Cookstown. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/03/2019 Principal Catherine McHugh at St Patrick's College with Friends and family of teenager Morgan Barnard attend his funeral in Dungannon this morning. Morgan and two others were killed in a tragic accident at the Greenvale Hotel on St Patricks night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Archbishop Eamon Martin arriving for the the funeral of Morgan Barnard at St Patrick's Church, Dungannon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 22, 2019. Teenagers Lauren Bullock, Connor Currie and Morgan Barnard died after a crush at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, on Sunday. See PA story ULSTER Cookstown. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Archbishop Eamon Martin arriving for the the funeral of Morgan Barnard at St Patrick's Church, Dungannon. Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
22nd March 2019 Family and friends gather at St Patricks Church in Dungannon to pay respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends gather at St Patricks Church in Dungannon to pay respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends gather at St Patricks Church in Dungannon to pay respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends gather at St Patricks Church in Dungannon to pay respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
The funeral cortege arriving at St Patrick's Church, Dungannon for the funeral of Morgan Barnard. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 22, 2019. Teenagers Lauren Bullock, Connor Currie and Morgan Barnard died after a crush at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, on Sunday. See PA story ULSTER Cookstown. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
22nd March 2019 Family and friends gather at St Patricks Church in Dungannon to pay respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends gather at St Patricks Church in Dungannon to pay respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
Mourners gather for funeral of Morgan Barnard.
22nd March 2019 Family and friends gather at St Patricks Church in Dungannon to pay respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends gather at St Patricks Church in Dungannon to pay respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends gather at St Patricks Church in Dungannon to pay respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends gather at St Patricks Church in Dungannon to pay respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
22nd March 2019 Family and friends gather at St Patricks Church in Dungannon to pay respects to teenager Morgan Barnard who sadly passed away in a tragic accident on St Patricks day Mandatory Credit :Stephen Hamilton
Morgan Barnard, 17, was one of three teenagers killed in a crush outside a St Patrick’s Day party (St. Patrick’s Academy Dungannon/PA)

Morgan's cousin Elliot Barnard, said a Prayer of the Faithful, through tears telling him he would always be his best friend - and "No matter where he is, I'll love him forever."

Throughout the service, in a church that was packed to capacity, with scores of young people lining the aisles, sobbing could be heard as mourners young and old, struggled to deal with their sorrow.

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