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Heartbreaking day ahead at Castlederg

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Heartbreaking day ahead at Castlederg thumbnailA HUGE number of mourners are expected to pay their last respects to a highly-popular 18-year-old girl from Aghyaran, near Castlederg, whose funeral takes place today (Wednesday).

There will be emotional and heartbreaking scenes with an outpouring of grief with the border town coming to a standstill, as the service of thanksgiving for the life of the road crash victim takes place.

The service is taking place at 11am in St Patrick's Church, Castlederg, with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Hannah Molloy, who lived on the Ballyure Road in the townland of Trienamongan, was killed in an accident between Victoria Bridge and Castlederg on Saturday morning.

At around 10 o'clock police received a report that a car had left the road close to the junction of Fyfin Road and Concess Road.

 

Speaking to the Tyrone Constitution, local priest, Rev Colm O'Doherty said Hannah was a "lovely girl, very friendly and extremely popular".He added: "During her wake I noticed a wall in the house which was covered with photographs and all of her Facebook friends. This group of girls seem to have been very close, they would have been in contact a lot with each other so you can imagine that Wednesday will be extremely sad for them, as well as Hannah's parents and brother and entire family circle."

He continued: "The family have plenty of support from their neighbours and friends so they are holding up pretty well. It is going to be very tough for them. I don't think it is possible to ever get over a tragedy like this because you never forget, but the support from those around them will help them to cope a little bit better.

 

"It is so heartbreaking. There is nothing you can say that will make it any easier. It is just completely shocking for everyone. The family are lovely people, they are so welcoming and this is just very, very sad."

 

Hannah moved from England, joining St Patrick's Primary School, Castlederg, when she was Primary six. She settled in quickly, Fr O'Doherty said.

 

"She was also involved in the local Scouts and the ladies team in Aghyaran as she liked to keep active."

 

Hannah, who only turned 18 last month, had left Loreto Grammar School, Omagh, in June and had just embarked on a course at the South West College, while she was also employed with Dunnes Stores in Omagh.

 

 

Her best friend, Ciara Martin, who described Hannah as "like a sister" to her, said she was "bubbly" and "kind-hearted."

 

The pair had been due to join other former Loreto pupils who had enrolled at Queen's University to celebrate Freshers Week in Belfast this week. "She was excited, it was a new start for us. I'm still in shock at what happened, just numb," said Ciara.

 

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