Watch: Beautiful tribute to teenager who died in West Cork river crash

Watch: Beautiful tribute to teenager who died in West Cork river crash
Tadhg Murphy. Still from a video made by Fr James McSweeney.

The teenager killed in a single-vehicle crash which also killed one of the car's passengers has been described as a loveable rogue by the chaplain of his former school.

Tadhg Murphy, 19, from Bocarna in Glengarriff died along with 40-year-old Michael Bowen from Ahakista when 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."

Fr McSweeney said he is a massive loss to his community and his death is devastating for his family.

He added: "Life is fragile."

And Fr McSweeney recalled: "This bank holiday weekend which has just gone was a grand weekend. We were all taking it nice and easy. The weather was lovely."

But he said with the news of the fatal accident on Monday, "we were plunged into darkness and it has been a very difficult time for all of us."

He also prayed for Tadhg, Michael Bowen and their families, as well as the two others who were in the car.

Tadhg will be laid to rest in Glengarriff on Friday, following mass in his local church.

No funeral arrangements have been published for Michael Bowen.

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