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Funerals for crash teenagers
A joint funeral was held for two of the dead teenagers
A joint funeral was held for two of the dead teenagers
Mourners have lined the streets of Armagh for the funeral corteges of friends killed in a car crash in County Down.

A joint Requiem Mass was held on Sunday for Stephen Haughey, 17, and Michael McManus, 19, at St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh.

A private funeral Mass for Caomh McCarthy, 19, who died alongside his two friends in the accident, took place in nearby St Patrick's Church in Ballymacnab.

Their car was in collision with a lorry on the Belfast Road near Newry, County Down, early on Friday.

The car ended up in a ditch. All three young men died at the scene.

Up to 2,000 people packed St Patrick's Cathedral for the joint Requiem Mass of Stephen and Michael.

The three teenagers were all involved in Gaelic games, and local club members formed a colour party outside to pay their respects.

Fr Sean McCartan told mourners that until a few days ago, the three men had the world at their feet.

He said they were "cherished, loved and regarded by their families and friends".

Members of the Haughey family offered prayers including one for the lorry driver who survived the crash.

Stephen's and Michael's remains were buried at St Patrick's Cemetery in the city, while Caomh was laid to rest at Ballymacnab.




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BBC NI's Yvette Shapiro reports
Up to 2,000 people packed the Cathedral"



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