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Hundreds attend month's mind Mass for victims of Buncrana tragedy

Five members of two families lost their lives when their car slipped into the water at Buncrana pier last month.

23/3/2016. Buncrana Drownings. The McGrotty and Da Sean McGrotty with partner Louise, baby Rionaghac-Ann, and sons Mark and Evan, pictured two months before the tragedy

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE have attended a month’s mind Mass in Derry in memory of the victims of last month’s tragedy in Buncrana.

Five people from two families drowned tragically when the car in which they were travelling slipped into the water from the pier in the north Donegal town.

Sean McGrotty (49), his sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), his partner’s mother Ruth Daniels (59), and her daughter Jodie Lee (14) all lost their lives in the tragedy.

The only survivor of the accident was Sean’s youngest child with partner Louise James, four-month-old daughter Rionaghac-Ann, who was rescued by local man Davitt Walsh from the sinking car.

Both Walsh and Louise James were in attendance at last night’s remembrance at the Holy Family Church, as was Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness.

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