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Funeral for Co Down crash victim Cathal McCrory (18) to be held on Tuesday

Cathal McCrory's funeral will take place in Dromore on Tuesday. Picture from PSNI
Cathal McCrory's funeral will take place in Dromore on Tuesday. Picture from PSNI

The funeral for Co Down crash victim Cathal McCrory is to be held on Tuesday.

Family and friends of the 18-year-old from Dromore will gather in the teenager's home town to say their final farewells.

Requiem Mass is due to take place in St Colmans Church at noon followed by interment in the adjoining graveyard.

In his death notice, it said his family have requested that "young people attending the funeral to wear casual clothing".

The teenager died following a single-vehicle crash in the Circular Road area of Katesbridge shortly after 12.30am on Saturday.

He was a front-seat passenger in the car, a grey Volkswagen Golf, and was pronounced dead at the scene upon the arrival of emergency services.

Police said the driver of the car and another passenger were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries, which were not believed to be serious, before they were later discharged.

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Tributes have been paid to the young man, who was a past pupil of St Patrick's College, Banbridge.

In a statement, the school said they were "devastated to learn of the death of highly regarded past pupil, Cathal McCrory".

He had also previously attended St Colman's Primary School in Dromore, and a spokesperson described him as the "beloved son of our esteemed colleague, Pauline".

The tragedy takes the number of people killed on the north's roads so far this year to 58.