The funeral mass for two siblings who died in last week’s horror crash in Clonmel has heard that ‘cloud hangs over the town’ this morning.
24-year-old Luke McSweeney and his 18-year-old sister Grace died alongside her friends, Nicole Murphy and Zoey Coffey, in the crash on Mountain Road last Friday.
They were travelling to a Leaving Cert night celebration after the young women received their results earlier in the day.
Classmates and friends formed a guard of honour outside St. Peter and St. Paul's Church in Clonmel this morning ahead of Luke and Grace’s funeral.
A huge crowd followed the hearses on their way to the church.
Meanwhile, businesses and shops in the town have closed during the funeral as a mark of respect.
Chief Celebrant Fr Billy Meehan told mourners the support of people was a great comfort to the family:
“The whole town and the whole country were united in grief and solidarity as word spread over the weekend,” he said.
“A cloud came over our town, yet the support and presence of all the people was a great comfort to the family.”
President Michael D Higgins is among those in attendance this afternoon.
The siblings are due to be buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery after the funeral.