Glengarriff to come to standstill for funeral of teen killed in horror crash 

Glengarriff to come to standstill for funeral of teen killed in horror crash 
Tadhg Murphy. Still from a video made by Fr James McSweeney.

LOCAL clubs and schools will line Glengarriff this morning for the funeral of car crash victim Tadhg Murphy.

The 19-year-old was the driver of the car in the fatal single-vehicle accident near Glengarriff on Monday morning.

He will be laid to rest today while the second victim will be buried tomorrow.

The requiem mass for Tadhg will take place this morning in Glengarriff, after his funeral cortege travels through the village from 11am.

Clubmates from the local GAA team, as well as his former schools, and other local organisations will line the route from his home to the church.

Local parish priest Fr Joe Begley will celebrate the requiem Mass and said he will be focusing his sermon on the effects of Tadhg's death on his family and the local Glengarriff community, where he was well known.

He said: "Where is the light in the darkness? It is very hard to see it. I will be pondering the mystery of life and death and I will be acknowledging the support of people around."

He extended his sympathies, thoughts and prayers to the family of Tadhg.

Tomorrow, 40-year-old Michael Bowen from Ahakista, who was a back seat passenger in the car, will be buried in Kilcrohane. His funeral cortege will leave his homes at 1pm to travel to the Star Of the Sea Church in Kilcrohane for requiem Mass, followed by burial in the local cemetery.

Both families have requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the West Cork Rapid Response.

The car Tadhg was driving crashed off the Kenmare Road into the Glengarriff river at around 5.30am on Monday morning.

Another teenager who was in the car was seriously injured while a fourth person who was in the car was left traumatised.

The chaplain of Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai in Bantry, Fr James McSweeney, has paid tribute to Tadhg in a YouTube posting.

Tadhg had been a student of the school from 2013 to 2019.

In the tribute, Fr McSweeney described Tadhg as a lovable rogue and shared many photos of him during his school years.

He said: "He was a loveable rogue and was hugely popular with his many friends. Right from the start, Tadhg charmed everyone and he was simply loved by everyone."

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