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Father of crash victim dies on son's anniversary 14.07.13

THE father of one of the young men killed in Ireland's worst road accident has died tragically three years to the day of the horrific crash in Inishowen.
John McLaughlin (46), from Ballinahone, Fahan, was the father of 21-year old Mark McLaughlin, who died along with seven other men in the two-car collision at Glasmullen, between Buncrana and Clonmany, on July 11, 2010.
His sudden death on Thursday has "deeply affected" the entire community on the peninsula, say locals.
Relatives and friends are comforting Mr McLaughlin's widow Roma and their son Damian (20) at a "very sensitive and emotional time".
"John's sudden death has come as a complete shock to everyone and especially the families affected by the crash in July three years ago. The accident affected so many people in five small communities throughout the peninsula," said one local.
"The crash has got a lot of media coverage since it happened but this is a highly sensitive and emotional time and it would be helpful if the family were allowed some privacy."
Mr McLaughlin, who was a lorry driver by trade, was described as "the nicest fella".
"He was a very hard worker who was always smiling and outgoing and full of life. But the circumstances of Mark's death three years ago really took its toll."
The friends who died along with Mark in the accident were his second cousin, Damien McLaughlin (21), Umricam, Buncrana; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Minaduff, Clonmany and Eamon McDaid (22), of Ballymagan, Buncrana.
Pensioner Hughie Friel, 66, who was driving home alone to Urris, Clonmany, from the parish bingo in Buncrana was also killed. There was a large attendance this morning at Mr McLaughlin’s funeral mass in St Mura’s Church, Fahan. He was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
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