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'Shiva will never be forgotten'... family and friends say goodbye to young mum killed in car crash



The remains of 20-year-old Shiva Devine are carried from St Brigid’s Church in Ballintra. Shiva died in a car crash in Bundoran at the weekend

The remains of 20-year-old Shiva Devine are carried from St Brigid’s Church in Ballintra. Shiva died in a car crash in Bundoran at the weekend

Shiva Devine

Shiva Devine


The remains of 20-year-old Shiva Devine are carried from St Brigid’s Church in Ballintra. Shiva died in a car crash in Bundoran at the weekend

A priest at the funeral of a young Co Fermanagh mother killed in a horror car crash has said she will never be forgotten.

Shiva Devine (20), who lived in Belleek, died after the Peugeot 306 car she was travelling in struck a wall in the Eastend area of Bundoran, Co Donegal, in the early hours of Sunday.

Conall McAleer, aged in his early 20s and from Boa Island, Co Fermanagh, also died in the crash.

Yesterday, Shiva's heartbroken family and friends gathered at St Brigid's Church in Ballintra, Co Donegal, to pay their final respects.

They heard how the young woman loved life, her friends and family, especially her little boy Kyle.

Ballintra parish priest Joe O'Donnell told the crowd of several hundred that "we will never see Shiva's smile again, or the funny, carefree person that she was".

Fr O'Donnell also warned young people that they are "not indestructible", and to handle their lives with care.

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Referring to the sense of shock felt across the community, the priest described the deaths of Shiva and Conall as being like a blackout - sudden and leaving people struggling to understand it.

He added: "The only thing we can do just when a blackout happens is to rush for a light, even that of a small candle.

"We only have Christ our Lord now to help us penetrate this awful darkness."

Fr O'Donnell continued: "We thank God for the life and memories of your dear friend Shiva Devine.

"Donegal and Fermanagh will never forget you."

Shiva was from Donegal but had been living in Belleek.

The priest told mourners how the weekend's accident brought back poignant memories of the horrific car crash in Clonmany in Co Donegal on Sunday, July 11, 2010, in which eight people lost their lives.

He added: "At 9pm that Sunday evening I was called to Letterkenny General Hospital, and told to be prepared for many casualties, that ended with the loss of eight lives.

"I spent that Sunday night and most of Monday morning consoling parents and their friends and leading them down to identify their children.

"I had hoped that I would never have to face anything like that ever again. It took me two years to recover.

"While the circumstances and the details of Sunday morning's crash in Bundoran may be totally different, the one true fact remains, young lives have been lost.

"Shiva Devine and Conall McAleer have been taken from us."

A friend of Shiva's also paid a moving tribute, saying: "As Oscar Wilde said, we are all in the gutter but Shiva is smiling down on us from on top of a bright blue star."

After the service, Shiva was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. She is survived by her partner Brian, son Kyle (3), parents Nicola and Julian and siblings Odin, Che, Freya and Eris Daisy and extended family.

Shiva and Conall were among six people who were travelling in the car after a night out in the popular Co Donegal seaside resort of Bundoran when the accident happened.

Three other occupants of the vehicle are still undergoing treatment in hospital for their injuries.

Hundreds of mourners are expected to pack into St Joseph's Church in Ederney today to bid a sad farewell to Fermanagh man Conall McAleer.

From Boa Island Road in Kesh, Conall died in the same road crash that claimed the life of Shiva Devine.

He was a past pupil of St Joseph's Primary School in Ederney and St Michael's College in Enniskillen.

St Michael's principal Mark Henry told the Belfast Telegraph yesterday: "Conall left the school in 2014 after completing his GSCEs.

"He was a very able student but he never made any secret of the fact that his career would involve farming and machinery, which he loved.

"He was always very clear that he was not going down an academic route and wouldn't be staying on to complete his A-levels.

"He was a hugely popular young lad amongst his peers, both with pupils and staff, with a wide circle of friends."

"Conall represented St Michael's in Gaelic football and I coached him myself on some school teams.

"He was a traditional corner back who wouldn't have taken any prisoners on the field."

Ederney parish priest, Fr Frank McManus, added: "The events of Sunday night have shocked everyone in this close-knit rural community."

Belfast Telegraph

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