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Funerals of friends killed in Carlingford crash

Shane McAnallen, who was from Castlewellan
Paul Ainsworth

A priest who led the funeral of one of two Co Down men killed in a crash in Carlingford has paid tribute to the friends and urged young people to stay safe.

Shane McAnallen and Martin Patterson, both aged in their in their 20s, died in a single vehicle crash on the R173 road near Carlingford, Co Louth, in the early hours of last Monday.

The pair, from the Bryansford area outside of Newcastle, were laid to rest following separate funeral services on Saturday.

A service for Martin Patterson was held in St Patrick's Church in Bryansford before he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery, where Shane McAnellan was also buried following a service at St Malachy's Church in Castlewellan. Martin is survived by parents Colin and Angela, brother James, and sister Danielle, while Shane is survived by parents Michael and Bernie, and sisters Laura and Michaela.

Posting on social media after the services, friend of the pair Andrew Curran described Saturday as "one of the hardest days", but praised the "brilliant turnout" of friends and family, while relative Angela Patterson wrote: "Thank you very very much to each and every one of you who turned out. Shane and Marty would be so proud you guys made what was a very hard day for their families and friends that much easier."

Father Denis McKinlay, who led the service for Shane, told the Irish News the deaths of the two friends had left the community "stunned by sadness".

Speaking on Sunday, he said: "It's an incredibly sad time as these were two popular and much-loved young men. In my homily I spoke about how the tragic circumstances this month has made us realise just how precious the lives of our young loved ones are. I would again urge young people in the community to take care when out and about and to stay safe."


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