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Funerals of Co Kildare crash students begin


Victim: Niamh Doyle (19)

Victim: Niamh Doyle (19)

Victim: Niamh Doyle (19)

Funerals of four friends who died together in a horrific car crash on Tuesday will begin today.

The young women - three aged 19 and one aged 20 - were pronounced dead at the scene after the Volkswagen Polo in which they were travelling crashed.

It was in collision with a VW Transporter van on the N78 between Athy and the M9 motorway in Co Kildare.

Chermaine Carroll (20) and Gemma Nolan (19) are to be buried today, while the funerals of Niamh Doyle (19) and Ashling Middleton (19) will take place tomorrow. The driver of the car, Dayna Kearney (20), remains in a serious condition in hospital.

The friends had travelled to Athy to collect a laptop from Ms Middleton's house after spending the evening in Kilkenny - before heading towards Carlow to spend the night together.

Two men, believed to be from Eastern Europe and who were in the van which was in collision with the girls' car, were also treated in hospital.

The young women had all been educated at St Leo's College, Carlow.

College Principal Clare Ryan said the entire school was heartbroken.

Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Denis Nulty, called for prayers for all of those affected. Four books of condolence have been opened for the victims.

Belfast Telegraph