Thursday, July 15, 2010

Donegal Crash

(Photo from The Irish Times)

Donegal is a beautiful county. It has a rugged, wild, beautiful, sometimes bleak landscape, on the edge of Europe, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The people there are friendly, fun, unique.They stick together. There is nowhere in the world quite like Donegal.

The worst road accident in Irish history happened on Sunday night in beautiful Donegal. Eight people were killed in a two-car collision. Seven of them were aged between 19 and 23.

In one car was a 66-year-old pensioner, Hugh Friel, who was returning home from his weekly bingo session.

The young men who were killled were all travelling together in the other car, having watched the World Cup final together. They were Paul Doherty (19), Ciaran Sweeney (19), Mark Mc Laughlin (21), PJ Mc Laughlin (21), Damien Mc Laughlin (21), Eamonn Mc Daid (22) and James Mc Eleney (23).

The scene in this picture (courtesy of Irish Times) will be repeated 8 times in total this week, as families lay their loved ones to rest, and mourn those lives cut short.
While many questions remain to be answered as to how this crash took place, not least why 8 people were in a car with only 5 seat belts, right now, our thoughts are with the 8 families whose lives have been turned upside down in one instant.


  1. This was so sad to read and it doesn't matter how it happened..... because as you said, 8 families have had their lives ruined and nothing can reverse that suffering.
    I very thoughtful post.
    Maggie X

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  2. How horrible, my heart goes out to everyone who lost a loved one.

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  3. Such a tragedy. It always seems to hurt the more when people are celebrating and happy. How difficult this must be for the whole community.

  4. A deep loss, obviously felt by many. I'm sure your post has touched those who loved the ones who died.

    CJ xx

  5. Thanks, everyone, for your comments.
    The last funeral took place yesterday.
    The driver is still unconscious but stable in hospital.

    Let's hope and pray that something like this never happens again.

  6. So tragic. This is a beautiful memorial post. Prayers are sent out for all.