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Clare McCarthy

Galway school principal speaks about loss of two 'treasured' students in horror crash

The principal of the school in Galway where two teenagers killed in the horror Easter Monday crash attended has spoken about the loss of two "treasured" students.

Tragic Second Year students Kirsty Bohan, 14, and Lukas Joyce, 14, died after a car they were travelling in collided with a tree on the outskirts of Headford shortly before 6am on the bank holiday Monday.

The acting principal of the school described the two students as "beautiful young people" who had a "huge circle of friends".

READ MORE: Galway community prepares for funeral of Kirsty Bohan, 14, killed in horror Easter Monday crash

Speaking to RTE News, acting principal of Presentation College Headford, Orla Jackson said: “They loved school, both of them, and we loved their presence in our school.

"They were very treasured members of our school community. They had a huge circle of friends.

"We as a team knew them very well to see on the corridor because they were two particularly pleasant and smiling youngsters and their faces are imprinted in my brain.

"They were beautiful young people with a future in front of them that unfortunately has been cut short and that is the real tragedy here."

The scene where the car collided with a tree on the outskirts of Headford in Galway (Ray Ryan)

Presentation College opened on Tuesday for a three-hour period to offer support to students following the tragedy.

In pictures uploaded by Presentation College Headford - candles were lit in front of photos of the tragic youngsters inside their school.

In a statement, the school said: "We have lost two treasured members of our school community and two other members of our community are injured. We pray for all the families and friends of those involved that they may be granted some peace and succour at this tragic time.

"We also pray for our own school community, that we may find the strength to support each other and carry on. We ask for your support, prayers and the space to grieve as a school community."

The funeral of the 14-year old girl killed in the early morning Bank Holiday crash in Galway will take place in Headford on Friday.

Kirsty Bohan, a second year student at Presentation College Headford, will be laid to rest in Donaghpatrick Cemetery following her requiem mass the Church of St Patrick and Cuana at 12 noon.

Kirsty, from Ballyfruit close to where the single vehicle accident happened at 5.45am on Monday morning, is survived by her parents Christy and Theresa, and her sisters Martha and Ava, who are also students at Presentation College Headford.

Kirsty will repose at Ryders Funeral Home in Headford on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm.

Funeral details for the other 14-year old killed in the accident, Lukas Joyce from Annaghdown, have yet to be announced.


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