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Donegal crash victims names are released

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image captionClockwise from top left: Mícheál Roarty, Daniel Scott, John Harley and Shaun Harkin

Four men killed in a crash in County Donegal have been named.

Daniel Scott, from Gortahork, John Harley and Shaun Harkin, both from Falcarragh, and Mícheál Roarty from Moneybeg, died in the single-vehicle collision near Magheraroarty, Gortahork.

It happened shortly before 21:00 local time on Sunday and they were pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The funerals of the four men will take place on Thursday.

Mayor of Donegal, Seamus Ó Domhnail, said the deaths had "absolutely devastated the local community."

"They were vital members of the local community in west Donegal, very athletic, and involved in various sporting and social clubs."

He described the four men as "loyal and trustworthy, fabulous young men."

Donegal Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty tweeted there was a "cloud of sadness over the area".

The accident took place close to a bridge on a rural road between the Atlantic Ocean and the peak of Mount Errigal and Muckish Mountain.

Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola, the secondary school attended by John Harley, Shaun Harkin, and Daniel Scott, spoke of the school community's heartbreak in a post on Facebook.

In a statement published on Twitter, GAA club Gaoth Dobhair, where Mr Roarty played, said their "deepest sympathies" were with the Roarty family.

Parish priest of Gortahork Fr Sean Ó Gallchóir said his thoughts were with the families and friends of the men who died.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland programme, he said he had spoken to the families of two of the men, who were from the area.


"It is just beyond belief," he said.

"They are totally devastated. One of the boys would have been a very prominent player in GAA and soccer.

"People will rally and do their best but for the parents it's going to be a void in all their lives."

President of the GAA John Horan said he was "truly saddened" to hear about the deaths.

"It is heart-breaking to think that these four young men, in the prime of their lives, had their lives taken from them so soon," he said.

"On behalf of the GAA I would like to extend my sympathies and condolences to the victims' families, teammates, clubs, and wider circle of friends."

The news comes after a number of deaths on the Republic of Ireland's roads in recent days.

A man in his 80s died after the car he was driving collided with a pole in Castlecorner, County Kilkenny on Sunday night.

A man and a woman in their 70s also died in a single-vehicle crash in County Monaghan on Friday.

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