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St Patrick's Academy in emotional tribute to Greenvale victims Morgan Barnard and Connor Currie

Greenvale victims Connor Currie (left) and Morgan Barnard
Connla Young

THE school attended by two of the teenagers killed in the Greenvale Hotel tragedy have paid an emotional tribute to the pair.

Morgan Barnard (17) and Connor Currie (16) died after a crush outside a St Patrick's night disco on Sunday along with 17-year-old Lauren Bullock.

Both Morgan and Connor attended St Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon.

Earlier this week the school hosted a special prayer service for the teenagers.

In a statement yesterday, it described Morgan as an “ambitious, charismatic young person with an abundance of potential studying maths, digital technology, business studies and his absolute passion, Irish”.

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The statement said that the school community “will miss them both deeply”.

“Our lives have been enriched by knowing them and they will always have a place in our hearts,” it said.

The school added that a Critical Incident Team will be available for pupils over the coming days.

“This is a terrible tragedy for the families and friends of Morgan, Connor and Lauren and we keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this time and in the difficult time ahead,” it said.

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“He lifted the mood everywhere he went, everyone benefited from Morgan’s energetic, positive zest for life. It was contagious," it said.

“His smile was bright and when Morgan was around, fun and laughter always followed.”

Connor was also described as “a kind-hearted, loyal friend”.

“Always willing to help others, courteous, mannerly and compassionate.

“He had a great sense of team spirit and his warm, caring nature endeared him to all and earned him much deserved respect.”

Requiem Mass for Morgan Barnard, who has an older brother and three young sisters and was from the Springdale area of Dungannon, will take place on Friday at St Patrick's Church, Dungannon at 10am followed by burial in Carland Road Cemetery.

Connor Currie's funeral will also take place on Friday at St Malachy's Church, Edendork at 2pm.

He is survived by his parents Eamon and Ciara and brothers Sean, Cormac and Cahir.

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