Crowds pay respect to tragic trio

A large crowd gathered on Sunday evening in Carlingford for the candlelight vigil in memory of Ruth Maguire, Shane McAnallen and Martin Patterson. The Carlingford choir provided music and representatives from the victims families, An Garda Síochána, local clergy, local councillors, Greenore Coast Guard, Kilkeel RNLI, HM Coastguards, Dundalk Sub Aqua, Ambulanace Service and Red Cross attended.
The town fell silent as they payed their respects to the trio who died in tragic circumstances last weekend. The body of Ruth Maguire, originally from North Belfast was found in the water after she had gone missing from a hen party in the town in the early hours of Sunday morning in what has been described as a tragic accident.
There were also prayers for friends Shane McAnallen from Castlewellan, and Martin Patterson, from the Bryansford area outside Newcastle who lost their lives following a single vehicle crash on the R173 road in Carlingford, in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday.
The vigil was organised by the Cooley Community Alert facebook page to offer comfort to the grieving families as well as given the community a chance to show their support following a tragic weekend for the area. The organisers released a short statement thanking everybody who came out for the vigil.
“On behalf of the community alert can I thank everyone who came tonight and helped in any way. The families would like to pass on their thank you to you all and were overwhelmed by the numbers who came and showed the grief we as a community share with them.”

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