Buncrana mourns teens killed in
have been released for one of the two teenagers
killed in a crash near Quigley's Point at the
Nathan Dixon Gill (17) from the Backhill, Buncrana,
will be laid to rest following requiem mass on
Details have not yet been released for the funeral
of Nathan Farrell (18) who also died in the
single-vehicle collision on the main Derry to
Moville road in the early hours of Saturday.
Three other local teens survived the crash and are
being treated in hospitals in Letterkenny, Derry and
The shocked and devastated parents of some of the
survivors have been reaching out through social
media, thanking people for their outpourings of
sympathy, prayers and support.
Meanwhile, gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the
accident which happened about 3.35am on the approach
to Quigley's Point.
Teenage friends, Nathan Farrell,
and Nathan Dixon Gill from Buncrana who died in a
single-vehicle crash near Quigley's Point in the
early hours of Saturday, April 29, 2017.
The tragedy occurred as
the five pals returned from a nightclub in nearby
Redcastle, to their hometown of Buncrana some 35km
The road was cordoned off for most of Saturday to
facilitate the work of forensic crash investigators.
"Two males in their late teens were fatally injured
when the car they were travelling in was involved in
a collision. One male was pronounced dead at the
scene and the second was taken to Altnagelvin
Hospital (Derry) where he was pronounced dead. The
three other occupants of the car, males in their
late teens, were taken to Altnagelvin and
Letterkenny Hospital and are described as being in a
stable condition," gardai said in a statement on
The latest accident has seen the community of
Buncrana once again plunged into tragedy with locals
struggling to come to terms with a litany of tragic
and untimely deaths of young people in recent months
They include a series of multi-fatal collisions in
the early to mid-Noughties; the deaths of eight men
in a crash in July 2010; the deaths of a
family-of-five in a pier drowning tragedy last year
and the recent murder of a young local woman in Goa,
India. Local priest, Fr Francis Bradley, who despite
being relatively new to the parish, has seen much
tragedy since his arrival.
He told the BBC: "Why our little community should
make the headlines so often, in terms of tragedy, is
difficult to cope with."
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