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Private service held in Carlow for Athy crash victims

The memorial took place at 12:15 this afternoon.

Niamh Doyle and Gemma Nolan in family photographs used for death notices on RIP.ie
Niamh Doyle and Gemma Nolan in family photographs used for death notices on RIP.ie

Updated 11pm

A MEMORIAL SERVICE was held in Carlow Cathedral today for the four young women who died in a road crash in Athy, Kildare on Tuesday.

The women were named yesterday as 19-year-old Ashling Middleton from Athy, 20-year-old Chermain Carroll from Carlow, and 19 year olds Gemma Nolan and Niamh Doyle also from Carlow.

They were all past pupils of the same secondary school in Carlow.

The memorial was a private service for the local school community. The Catholic Communications Office said:

It is an opportunity for the students and staff of Saint Leo’s College in Carlow to remember in prayer their past pupils who have died and to pray God’s healing grace on their past pupil who is injured.

Their funerals are due to take place in the coming days.

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RTÉ reports that the memorial service was told that a “cloud hangs over Carlow” following the young women’s death.

Read: ‘Four beautiful school friends’ to be laid to rest after tragic Kildare crash>

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