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Tragic crash brothers laid to rest

TWO young brothers killed in a horrific Co Kerry car crash were laid to rest today amid scenes of heartbreaking grief.

St Mary's Cathedral in Killarney was filled to capacity for the funeral of David (17) and Kevin (15) Breen, who were killed in Wednesday's road crash on the N72 outside Killarney.

A large crowd also gathered today at nearby Fossa Parish Church for the funeral of fourth victim Brian Coffey (19).

Their funerals follow the service yesterday for Aine Riordan (15), David Breen's girlfriend. She was buried after a funeral Mass in her home town of Castleisland, Co Kerry.

The bodies of brothers David and Kevin Breen lay side by side in the church last night.

From late afternoon, up to a thousand mourners comforted grieving parents Sheila and Denis 'Dinny' Breen. Also there were the brothers' devastated siblings, Michael (21), Denis (19), Mary (11) and Bill (3).

Youngsters, including Kevin's classmates from St Brendan's College, gathered at the entrance to the funeral home.

MEP for Ireland South, Sean Kelly, Kerry county councillor Michael Healy-Rae and former Fianna Fail TD John O'Leary were among those offering their sympathies before the two coffins were brought the short journey across to the cathedral for this morning's funeral Mass.

The sole survivor of the accident, Darragh Jones (16) from Farranfore, remains in Tralee General Hospital where he is recovering from the incident. He will be spoken to by gardai when deemed well enough.

Investigating gardai believe the 10-year-old Hyundai Accent was driven between the Killarney and Barraduff area in the hours before the early morning crash at Carrigeen along the N72 route and are anxious to speak to anyone who may have seen it.

Officers are attempting to ascertain how the five teens obtained the vehicle from another individual who it is understood had the Kerry-registered car on loan from a local garage while his own car was being repaired.