FOUR young friends who lost their lives in a horror car crash in Co. Donegal last weekend are to be laid to rest.
The funerals of Mícheál Roarty (24), John Harley (24), Daniel Scott (23) and Shaun Harkin (22) will take place in separate services today in the Gaeltacht areas of Gortahork, Falcarragh and Gweedore.
Their lives were tragically cut short when the Toyota Corolla they were travelling in flipped onto its roof near Magheraroarty in West Donegal at around 9pm on Sunday night.
The childhood friends had met up to say goodbye to Mr Scott – who was preparing to start a new career in Denmark – when the single-vehicle collision occurred.
Two of the funerals are due to get underway this morning, with the second two scheduled for this afternoon.
The service for Mr Harkin will be the first to take place at 10am at Christ The King Church in Gortahork, a short distance from the scene of the accident.
At 11.30am, mourners will say their final goodbyes to Mr Roarty a few minutes' drive away at Sacred Heart Church in the village of Dunlewey.
Then at 1pm, Mr Harley will be remembered at St Finnians Church in his native Falcarragh.
Finally at 2.30pm, mourners will return to Christ The King Church for the funeral of Mr Scott in Gortahork.
All four victims of the crash were members of local GAA and soccer teams and their deaths have sent shockwaves throughout the West Donegal community.
Guards of honour made up of the various clubs, teams and schools the young men were affiliated with are expected to line the streets ahead of today's services.
The funerals will be conducted predominately in Irish, as many of the victims' loved-ones are fluent Gaeilgeoirs.