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Funerals held for five Donegal road victims killed in crashes

Family and friends gathered to pay their last respects to Teresa Robinson at St Patrick's Church, Killygordon yesterday. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

THE funerals of five young people killed in two separate road crashes in Co Donegal were held over the weekend.

Family and friends of three crash victims who died in a head-on collision near Letterkenny on Thursday gathered together on Sunday to say their farewells.

Three separate services were held for Teresa Robinson, Stephen McCafferty-McGrath (18) and Kaylem Murphy (O’Murchaidh) (19).

The three friends' deaths came just hours after an earlier road tragedy when two young men died when their car struck a van while they were travelling in the wrong direction along Letterkenny dual-carriageway.

Requiem Mass was celebrated at the Church of our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Glenfin for Mr Murphy, while the funeral service was held for Ms Robinson at St Patrick's Church in Killygordon.

Members of her devastated family carried a 'Happy Birthday' balloon to the funeral service as the young woman had been due to mark her 21st birthday on Saturday.

Members of Teresa Robinson's family carried a 'Happy Birthday' balloon to the funeral service yesterday as she had been due to mark her 21st birthday on Saturday. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

The mother-of-two Teresa Robinson had also just recently been accepted onto a new course, which was due to start in August.

The third crash victim, Mr McCafferty, who was a former underage county hurler, was held at St Eunan's Cathedral in Letterkenny.

The teenager was described as a "gentleman" by those who knew him.

Another friend was seriously injured in the two-car crash at Drumkeen during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Their deaths brought to five the number of young people killed within 24 hours on Donegals' roads.

Early on Wednesday morning cousins Barney McGinley (28) and Dermot Murphy-Boyle (19) died when their car collided with a can as the drove the wrong way on the dual carriageway between Derry and Letterkenny.

It is understood that the two men were suspected of breaking into Rosie's Bar at Drumkeen.

A cash register found in the back of the men's car is believed to be from the well-known pub.

The funeral services for the two men were held on Saturday.

Requiem Mass for Mr McGinley was held at St Eunan's Cathedral, while Mr Murphy-Boyle's funeral took place at the Church of the Irish Martyrs in Letterkenny.

It is believed gardai were monitoring the vehicle in which the two men were in before it went onto the dual carriageway.

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