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John Mullan and his children, Tomás and Amelia, died in crash that wife Geraldine survived

John Mullan and his children, Tomás and Amelia, died in crash that wife Geraldine survived

John Mullan and his children, Tomás and Amelia, died in crash that wife Geraldine survived

A Donegal seaside town will come to a standstill today when a father and his two children are laid to rest following a horrific car accident.

John Mullan (49), Tomás (14) and six-year-old Amelia will be buried after 11am funeral mass at St Pius X Church in Moville.

Grieving wife and other Geraldine Mullan (45) will lead mourners.

Mrs Mullan, a nurse at Letterkenny University Hospital, was the only person to survive when the family car slid across a wet road on Thursday night at Quigley's Point and went into Lough Foyle.

She managed to climb on to the overturned car and was rescued a short time later.

Her husband died after becoming trapped in the vehicle.

The couple's two children managed to escape from the wreckage, but did not survive.

Streamed

In keeping with government guidelines on Covid-19, only a small number of people will attend today's funeral.

However, hundreds are expected to line the route from the family's home to the church.

The mass, which will be celebrated by parish priest Fr Pat O'Hagan, will be streamed online at movilleparish.com.

Among those in attendance will be Mrs Mullan's family, who will travel from her hometown of Williamstown, Co Galway.

Forensic experts have begun an investigation into what caused Mr Mullan to lose control of the vehicle.

They will question if roadworks in the area of the R238, which were being carried out in the days before the crash, contributed.

The road where the car went out of control had only just been resurfaced.

"We still don't know what caused Mr Mullan to veer off the road, but we will carry out a full investigation," Garda Superintendent Eugene McGovern said.