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Community must wait to honour 'beautiful life' of Ciara (22) killed in crash

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Ciara McKenna was a front-seat passenger in the car

Ciara McKenna was a front-seat passenger in the car

Ciara McKenna was a front-seat passenger in the car

Tributes have been paid to a young woman who died in a car crash in Co Roscommon at the weekend.

Ciara McKenna (22) was a front-seat passenger in a car that hit a wall on the N61 at Greatmeadow in Boyle shortly after 9am on Saturday.

She was taken to Sligo University Hospital with the male driver and died later that night.

The community in Boyle has been left in shock, according to local Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan.

"She was a very nice, lovely young kid," he said.

"It's a big tragedy for Boyle as she was very well known and very well liked and had a lot of extended family.

"It's a huge shock with all that's going on. I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies to her family and friends."

Ms McKenna lived in the Aghnagrange area of Boyle, worked in a restaurant in the town and was a past pupil of Abbey Community College.

"No words of ours will adequately express our sympathies to Ciara's mam Tina, dad Noel, brother Tadhg and to Cillian, presently with us in first year," said school principal David Harding.

Difficult

He said that once funeral restrictions had been lifted, Ms McKenna's "beautiful" life would be celebrated.

"It's especially difficult at this time that we, as a school community, cannot be there physically to help celebrate Ciara's life and mourn with the community of Boyle," he added.

"However, we will, in time, all meet and celebrate Ciara's beautiful life. Abbey Community College will play our part in that celebration."

Local sports clubs also paid tribute.

Arrow Harps FC said the McKenna family had played a "huge role" in the club's development.

"The club would like to extend deepest sympathy to Noel, Tina and the extended Mc-

Kenna family on the tragic death of your daughter Ciara," the club wrote on Facebook.

"The McKenna family have played a huge role in playing and development of the club and we are with you at this very difficult time."

Boyle GAA Club wrote: "Condolences to the McKenna family on the sad and tragic passing of Ciara, from all your friends and teammates at Boyle GAA."

A notice on Rip.ie states that a memorial mass to remember Ms McKenna's life will be held at a later date and her funeral will take place privately due to restrictions.

"Ciara is lovingly remembered by her heartbroken parents Noel and Tina, brothers Tadhg and Cillian, grandparents Mary Murphy and Brendan McKenna, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, neighbours and a large circle of friends," the notice read.