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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Cormac (20) dies after crash that injured six young friends

Wrecked VW is removed after crash
Wrecked VW is removed after crash

One of the six young friends involved in a horrific car crash in Co Cavan last weekend has died in hospital.

Cormac Murphy, of Cloughbally Upper, Mullagh, lost his fight for life yesterday at Dublin's Beaumont Hospital.

The 20-year-old leaves behind his parents Fergus and Bernie, sister Andrea and step-sister Rachel.

Cormac was seriously injured in the accident along with five others when their car hit a ditch in Rantavan, near Mullagh, at 5.30am last Sunday.

The friends were travelling in a black Volkswagen along the Claddagh Road when the crash happened.

Pete Rogers, Mark O'Brien, Edward O'Brien and Cormac were all treated at hospitals in the capital.

The other two casualties, Shauna Daly, from Kells, Co Meath, and Noel Lynch, from Kingscourt, Co Cavan, were treated at Cavan General Hospital.

Friends of Cormac yesterday paid heartbroken tributes on his Facebook page.

Angel

"Rest in peace Cormac. Such a lovely, bubbly lad, taken too soon," one wrote.

Another added: "Heaven gained an angel, sleep tight."

Funeral arrangements are being finalised.

People living in the Cavan community spoke of their shock following the crash and described the six young people as having been "extremely close".

Three of those injured play for their local GAA team in Moynalty and were described as popular young men.

Pete plays for the club's senior side while Mark is on the club's under-19 panel.

Edward played under-age level while Cormac was a member of Cuchulainn's GAA club in the Mullagh parish.

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