Three parishes in West Donegal have been plunged into a state of mourning after a road accident in the area on Sunday night claimed the lives of four local men.
A car carrying Fál Carragh natives John Harley and Sean Harkin, as well as Mícheál Roarty from Gaoth Dobhair and Daniel Scott from Gort an Choirce was involved in a single-vehicle incident on a local road just before 9pm.
Despite the attendance of emergency services, all four men were pronounced dead at the scene.
Roarty, Roycee to those who knew him, was an active member of CLG Ghaoth Dobhair. The club will contest the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship final against Corofin on February 16th.
The Gaeltacht club today offered their condolences to the Roarty family along with the Cloughaneely GAA club which is located near Fál Carragh.
"Sympathies with the Roarty family and with the boy's families who were tragically lost last night. Our thoughts are with our friends in Cloughaneely GAA at this time too. May their souls be at the right hand of the Father."
Comhbhrón le Clann Uí Rabhartaigh, is le teaghlaigh na gasúraí a cailleadh go tragóideach aréir. Tá ar smaointe le nár gcairde i CLG Chloich Cheann Fhaola ag an am seo chomh maith.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.🙏 pic.twitter.com/JG2Hcr4fRL
— CLG Ghaoth Dobhair (@gaothdobhairclg) January 28, 2019
DCU have also expressed their sympathies this afternoon at the untimely death of Mícheál Roarty, who was a graduate of St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra.
Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones in the crash in Donegal. St Patrick’s grad Michael Roarty is being remembered at meetings and games. Ar dheas Dé go raibh a anam pic.twitter.com/bitfg0qkT9
— DCU Dóchas Éireann GAA Club (@DCUDocEirGAA) January 28, 2019
Heartbreaking stuff. The parish of Gaoth Dobhair is numb today after loosing Roycee last night. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and the families of the other three lads at this tough time🙏💚 pic.twitter.com/QQTRDPAGLM
— Kevin Cassidy (@KCASS7) January 28, 2019
Codladh sámh Mícheál agus na fir óga eile a maraíodh go tragóideach aréir. Suaimhneas síoraí dá n-anamnacha uilig. pic.twitter.com/zI9l8ANpeG
— Aodh Ó Fearraigh (@HMFerry) January 28, 2019
It is believed that three of the four men were school friends from their time at Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola in Fál Carragh and school principal Maeve Sweeney told RTÉ that Daniel Scott was due to embark on a new career in Denmark in the near future.
Gardaí have appealed to anyone with information to contact Milford Garda Station on 074-9153060 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.