A dark cloud has descended on the community of Gaoth Dobhair and beyond following a horrific accident on Sunday night.
Gardai have this evening released pictures of the four friends killed in the single-vehicle crash at Gleannhulaigh near Magheraroarty.
All four young men were popular, hard-working lads who enjoyed sport and had completed their education.
May they rest in peace.
Aged 24, John Harley was from Falcarragh and was a keen member of the Cloughnaeely GAA Club and Glenea Utd soccer Club. He attended Pobolscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola in Falcarragh and then studied at Sligo IT and was currently completing an apprenticeship with a local electrician.
Daniel Scott also went to Pobolscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola in Falcarragh and then went to Letterkenny Institute of Technology where he studied civil engineering. He was a member of Cloughaneely GAA club and was due to travel to Denmark to begin a new job.
Shaun Harkin, aged 22, was educated at Pobolscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola in Falcarragh and then also went to LYIT qualifying as an electrician. He played GAA and soccer and was also a member of Cloughaneely Golf Club.
Mícheál Roarty, aged 24, was from Gaoth Dobhair. He played GAA at minor level and won an All Ireland vocational schools medal. He played for Gaoth Dobhair GAA Club and also played soccer with Dunlewey Celtic.
Tributes have poured in for all four men who died in the devastating crash. Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and Falcarragh-based Cllr Seamus Ó Domhnaill said:
“These men very active in their communities and deeply involved in all facets of sport in Cloughaneely and Gaoth Dobhair,” Cllr Ó Domhnaill said.
“They were widely known in West Donegal, from Creeslough right through to the Rosses. They were four great young men that would epitomise everything you’d want to have in your county by way of young men.”
Cllr Ó Domhnaill added: “It’s devastating for four young lives to be taken so quickly and so tragically. It will leave an awful dark, black cloud over West Donegal and one that won’t go away too easily.”
Meanwhile, Gardaí are continuing with their investigations into the cause of the tragic crash.
Superintendent David Kelly has appealed for witnesses who may have seen the silver 01DL Toyota Corolla that the men were travelling in before the collision.
Speaking earlier today in Bunbeg, Supt Kelly described the ‘traumatic’ crash scene and called on anyone who was in the area who may have seen the silver hatchback to make contact and assist with Garda investigations.
The car was travelling from Magheraroarty to Gaoth Dobhair at around 8.40pm or earlier in the evening.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Milford Garda Station on 074-9153060 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.