Three friends have tragically died in a “horrific” crash when their car hit a lorry in Northern Ireland.
The victims, all aged in their 20s, of the accident in the early hours of Monday morning have been named as Nathan Corrigan. from Garvaghey, Peter Finnegan. from Clogher and Petey McNamee. from Sixmilecross, reported BelfastLive.
The three men died when a silver Volkswagen hit a white lorry in Garvaghy and another man, seriously injured, was taken to hospital.
The lorry driver was not injured.
Monsignor Colum Curry, the parish priest in Beragh, was called to the scene and saw the car on its roof.
“I received a phonecall from someone in the vicinity asking if I could attend the scene and obviously attend to the three victims,” he told BBC’s Good Morning Ulster.
“It was a horrific accident – a lot of debris scattered over the road. The car was on its roof and I suppose the whole event just reminded me that life is precious and very fragile.”
He continued: “There are very few words that I think can adequately speak into such terrible anguish. I suppose the best we can do is just try to be present and help them in some small way just to cope with the darkness of this awful event.
“It has just been a huge shock to everybody.”
Many have expressed their sympathies to the families of the young men.
Nathan and Petey had both played Gaelic football at underage level for Beragh Red Knights, while Nathan’s brother Callum was currently a senior player with the club and father Damian an executive committee member, it is reported.
The club’s vice chairperson told Belfast Live the local community had been “rocked to the core”.
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Gerard Treacy said: “It has shocked the country but when it’s on your own doorstep it really comes home. It’s just shocking for the whole community to lose three young lads in such tragic circumstances.
“The family are in deep shock and trying to somehow come to terms with what has happened, existing from minute to minute and dealing with what has landed on their doorstep.
“The entire community is rocked to the core, to see three young lives taken away so tragically is very hard to comprehend.”
Peter Finnegan was a member of Clogher Éire Óg CLG, which posted a message on Monday on behalf of the Finnegan family on social media.
It read: “Patrick Sr, Catherine, Patrick, Sarah, Daly, Elizabeth and the entire Finnegan and Daly families, at the untimely and tragic death of their beloved son and brother Peter. Appreciate all your kind prayers and thoughts. We would request that the house is private, only for family and close friends.”
On Tuesday, a club spokesperson said: “There are no words that could best describe the overwhelming feeling of sorrow within the community, when the news broke of the tragic event that occurred on Monday morning.
“The man currently in hospital is in our thoughts and prayers, as is the families involved, may they find comfort in the love and support of family and friends
“The Committee of An Clochar Éire Ógs would like to personally express their condolences to the family and friends of Nathan Corrigan, Petey McNamee and especially Peter Finnegan.
“The entire Finnegan family has been a great support to the club both on and off the field. Patrick Jr’s successful veterinary business is a proud sponsor of our U15 team. Peter himself represented the club from youth level right up until the age of 18 and still remained a strong supporter of the club.
“We send our sincere sympathy and prayers in your time of grief. May their souls Rest in Peace.”
Nathan’s cousin Orlagh McAleer wrote on social media: “Our hearts and family are broken! Please look over your Mum, Dad and Callum and give them the strength to get through this! You will be forever missed and the memories I have will last forever! Rest in peace little cousin.”
Nathan, along with Peter, was a past pupil of St Ciaran’s College in Ballygawley, which extended its sympathies to the families of all three young men.
“We will keep the young man currently in hospital in our thoughts and prayers and wish him a full recovery. St Ciaran, pray for them,” they added.
Tributes have also been made online to Petey, who was a past pupil of Dean Maguirc College in Carrickmore.
“Dean Maguirc College wish to extend their heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of our past pupil Petey McNamee who tragically passed away yesterday,” the school said in a statement.
“We would also like to send our deepest sympathies to the families of his dear friends Nathan Corrigan and Peter Finnegan who sadly lost their lives too. We keep in our prayers their young friend currently in hospital.”