The two teenagers who tragically lost their lives in a car crash while on their way to a Debs event in Co Monaghan have been named as 16-year-old Dalava Mohammed and 17-year-old Kiea McCann.
The news has left Largy College, the school the girls attended, engulfed in “profound sadness and grief.”
The incident has been described as “every parent’s worst nightmare” by a local minister.
Injuries and Hospitalization
Three other individuals, believed to be in the same car, were also involved in the collision.
An 18-year-old woman is currently in a critical but stable condition at Cavan General Hospital, while a 60-year-old man remains in critical condition at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital.
Additionally, an 18-year-old man is receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries at Cavan General Hospital.
Appeal for Witnesses
The scene of the crash on the N54 Clones to Smithborough road at Legnakelly has been closed overnight and remains closed.
Gardai are urging anyone who may have witnessed the collision to come forward with information.
School Mourns the Loss
Principal Sharon Magennis of Largy College expressed her “deepest sympathies” to the families and friends of the two girls who lost their lives in the tragic accident.
She also extended thoughts and prayers to the others involved in the incident.
The school has activated its critical incident plan to provide support and assistance to the affected students, parents, and staff.
Community in Mourning
Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys visited Largy College to offer her support, describing it as “a very sad day for Clones.”
She empathized with the pain and shock experienced by the families, noting that the young attendees had been excitedly getting ready for a night of celebration when the tragedy occurred.
She emphasized that the incident had deeply affected the entire community, and her heart went out to the victims and their families.
Support and Grief
Local communities have rallied together to offer support to the affected families and friends.
Sinn Fein TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Matt Carthy, spoke about the somber atmosphere and the sudden halt of time in the face of such a devastating event.
He described how young people were preparing for what should have been a joyous occasion, only to learn of the loss of their friends and the critical condition of others.
The incident has sparked immense sorrow and reflection across the country, with parents everywhere thinking about the safety and well-being of their own children attending similar events.
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