Devastation at death of another young man in Inishowen

The late Martin (Marty) Strain from Burnfoot.
The late Martin (Marty) Strain from Burnfoot.

INISHOWEN has once again been plunged into “absolute devastation” at the loss of another young life on the roads.

Tributes have been paid to 19-year-old Martin (Marty) Strain from Burnfoot who died in the early hours of Sunday morning when the car in which he was a passenger went off the road at Tooban.

The son of Elaine and Hugh Strain and brother to Stephen, he will be laid to rest following Requiem Mass in St. Mura’s Church, Fahan, tomorrow, (Wednesday).

Mr. Strain’s girlfriend, Kayleigh Fullerton, and the driver of the vehicle, Evan Quinn, were both injured in the single vehicle collision and taken to Letterkenny General Hospital. Ms. Fullerton remains in a serious condition.

It is understood the trio were travelling towards Mr Strain’s nearby home in Gortcormican after a night out when the devastating collision occurred at around 4.30 a.m. It is the second recent fatal collision in the Burnfoot area, coming just six weeks after the death of John Hegarty at Rockstown, less than half a mile away. Those involved in both crashes are in the same group of friends.

Councillor John Ryan, who lives in Burnfoot, said the local community was shocked at the untimely death of a popular and very much loved young man.

Inishowen Cathoirleach Colr. Rena Donaghey said there was “deep sadness, disbelief and raw emotion” within the community at the loss of Mr Strain.

Both Colr Donaghey and Colr Ryan paid tribute to the emergency services and Gardai who were on the scene on Sunday morning, as well as the staff of Letterkenny General Hospital.

Mr Strain’s funeral will leave his home at 10am tomorrow, Wednesday going to St Mura’s Church, Fahan for 11 o’ clock Requiem Mass with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.