Last night’s vigil for the girls killed in Monday’s horror crash in Monaghan was an “outpouring of grief” for the entire town of Clones.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of the town as the remains of 17-year-old Kiea McCann were brought home.
Kiea died alongside 16-year-old Dlava Mohamed after the car they were in left the road and hit a tree on the N54 in Legnakelly on Monday evening.
Three other people were also in the car with Kiea and Dlava; the driver, a 60-year-old man, remains in a critical condition and an 18-year-old woman is in a critical but stable condition in Cavan Hospital.
An 18-year-old man was treated in hospital for injuries that are understood not to be serious.
The two teenagers were being driven to Largy College debs as part of a convoy and family and friends were first at the scene.
Monaghan Cllr Pat Treanor told Newstalk Breakfast last night’s vigil was organised through the Clones community noticeboard
“There was an outpouring of grief,” he said.
“For the first time, people were getting together to be able to talk about it.
“It was an expression of the love for the two girls and it was also a demonstration and expression of solidarity with the McCann and Mohamed families.”
Cllr Treanor described the town as “traumatised” after the tragedy and said there is strong support for the bereaved families.
“No matter how bad our own feelings are, our heart goes out to the families of the two girls who were killed,” he said.
Yesterday, Largy College said the school community was in a state of “deep shock” following the crash.
“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,” Principal Sharon Magennis said.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends who have tragically lost loved ones.
Funeral arrangements for the two teenagers have yet to be announced.
A Garda investigation into the crash is underway and officers are seeking to establish if weather played a part in the tragedy.
Anyone who was travelling on the N54 from Clones to Smithborough between 6:15pm and 7.00pm yesterday is being encouraged to contact Gardaí.
Main image: People form a guard of honour as the hearse carrying the remains of Kiea McCann travels on its way to the family home in Clones, Co. Monaghan. Picture by: Alamy.com