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Candlelight vigil held in Carlingford after tragedies

Ruth Maguire went missing while visiting Carlingford on a friend's hen party

A CANDLELIGHT vigil was held in Carlingford last night following three tragic deaths in the Co Louth town.

Crowds of people gathered to remember Ruth Maguire, Martin Patterson and Shane McAnallen, who all died on St Patrick's weekend.

Carlingford choir provided music at the service, which was believed to have been attended by relatives of the three victims, as well as local clergy and members of the emergency services.

During the service, parish priest Fr Brian MacRaois "prayed for their grieving families in this time of shock, loss and pain".

In a post on the Cooley Community Alert Facebook page, it said that "the community would like to show our sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased and thank all those in the emergency services and volunteers".

Prayers were also offered at mass in Carlingford over the weekend in St Michael's Church.

Ms Maguire, who was originally from north Belfast, had been out in Carlingford last Saturday night with a large group as part of a hen party when she became separated from her friends.

She last posted a photograph on social media on Sunday morning close to the pier. After extensive searches her body was recovered in the sea on Monday.

Mr Patterson and Mr McAnallen were killed in a car crash last Sunday. The two friends, both aged in their in their 20s and from Co Down, died in a single vehicle crash on the R173 road.

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