Tributes pour in for teen friends who died in Rostrevor crash

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
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Two young men who died in a car crash in Rostrevor on Monday night have been named locally as Eoin Farrell (17) from Rostrevor and James Miskelly (17) from Mayobridge.
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The two friends died on Monday night

The Volkswagen Bora car they were travelling in left the Kilbroney Road at around 11:55pm on Monday night and struck a wall. The collision caused a fire at a nearby oil tank which spread to a house. A third man, Che Kane, was taken to hospital where his condition is described as critical. Eoin, James and Che were all past pupils at Warrenpoint school, St Mark’s. Writing on their Facebook page yesterday evening, Rostrevor-based GAA club St Bronagh’s wrote, “It was with deep regret that St Bronagh’s GAC learned of the deaths of Eoin Farrell and James Miskelly in a road traffic accident late last night. “An accident which has left another friend, Che Kane, in a critical condition in hospital. Eoin was a nephew of Lorna McCourt (wife of Chairman Malachy) and a former club player, with numerous other family connections in the village – while James was from neighbouring Mayobridge. “Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to both the Farrell and Miskelly family circles and their friends in this most devastating of circumstances. We also extend our best wishes and a speedy recovery to Che. May their departed souls Rest In Peace.” Southern Regional College chief executive Brian Doran, remembered Eoin and James, who he said were studying heavy vehicle maintenance and had a ‘close bond in the classroom’.
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Mayobridge GAA club paid tribute to James Miskelly, a ‘jovial character with a good and kind heart’

Mr Doran commented, “The board of governors, principal and staff of Southern Regional College are deeply saddened to learn of the devastating news of the tragic passing in a road traffic accident of our students Eoin Farrell and James Miskelly. “The two students were great characters, with a close bond in the classroom and will be sorely missed by staff and their fellow students alike. The college would like to pass on our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones of Eoin and James. “Our thoughts are also with the family of the third student Che Kane who was involved in the accident and we wish him well in his recovery,” he added. Six young people have now died on our roads in the past 4 weeks. Monday night’s crash comes just over a week after a crash in Crossmaglen claimed the life of 23 year old Danica Nugent. Just over three weeks ago, 19 year old Peter Hughes, 20 year old Gavin Sloan and 20 year old Conall Havern died following a crash on the A1 between Banbridge and Dromore. More on this story: Two teenagers die in Rostrevor crash Death of local men shocks community

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