The two teenage girls who died in a car crash in Monaghan on Monday night will be laid to rest today.
Sixteen-year-old Dlava Mohamed’s funeral cortege leaves the Diamond in Clones this morning for Dublin; she will be laid to rest at Newcastle Muslim Cemetery after a service at Clonskeagh Mosque.
Buses have been organised for mourners in Monaghan who wish to attend and Dlava’s classmates from Largy College will form a guard of honour.
Seventeen-year-old Kiea McCann’s funeral service will take place this afternoon after a funeral mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Clones town.
Classmates from Largy College will also form a guard of honour.
Three other people were in the car when it crashed - two of whom are still in hospital; the 60-year-old driver remains in a critical condition at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital and Dlava's 18-year-old sister is in a critical but stable condition at Beaumont Hospital.
The teenagers were on their way to their debs and tomorrow a book of condolence will open at Largy College.
In a statement on Tuesday, the school said they were in a “state of deep shock” following the tragedy.
“It is with profound sadness and grief that we have learned about the devastating accident that resulted in the untimely and tragic loss of two cherished members of our school community,” said Principal Sharon Magennis.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends who have tragically lost loved ones.
“The other individuals involved in the accident also remain in our thoughts and prayers at this time.”
The circumstance of the crash are currently being investigated by An Garda Síochána.
Main image: Split of Dlava and Kiea.