THERE were heartbreaking scenes in the Twin Towns today as hundreds and hundreds of people came out to say goodbye to teenager Kym Harley who died in a road traffic accident on Tuesday.
St Mary’s Church, Stranorlar was packed to capacity, with many in attendance forced to stand outside the chapel as the crowds swelled inside.
Kym, 19, was killed in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after the car in which she was a passenger struck a ditch at Dreenan, not far from her home.
Kym is the daughter of well-know local publican and Fine Gael councillor Martin Harley.
There was a huge political representation at the funeral, with Fine Gael minister Joe McHugh and Deputy Dinny McGinley attending along with a whole host of county councillors that included local councillors Frank McBrearty, Patrick McGowan and Martin Crawford.
Fr Kieran McAteer said beautiful Kym had given her family and friends precious memories in her short life that they’ll never forget.
Fr McAteer said, “Kym has given her family and friends that knew her best, the most ‘precious memories’ that they’ll never ever forgot and forever treasure.
“Kym’s zest for life, and beautiful personality endeared her to anyone who had the privilege of knowing her.
“She loved life, and enjoyed herself, but she was always willingly to help anyone out, and was so kind to her friends and family.
Father Martin Harley bravely paid a moving tribute to his late daughter Kym, and thanked her for being a wonderful daughter and sister for 19 memorable years.
He said, “I want to thank the emergency services that attended the scene of the accident, and to all of you who have shown us such immense support over the last number of days.
“To those of you, who put your lives on hold over the last few days to help us organise everything, we can’t thank you enough, we can never repay you.
“Finally, I want to thank Kym, I want to thank her for being a wonderful daughter, and sister for 19 years.
“We had a lot of fun and we have so many precious memories of you, we had a lot of dramas too, like fires in the garage, and jumping into the swimming pool without any armbands on.
“When Kym loved you, then by God you knew it, and if she didn’t then by God you knew that too.
“She was a wonderful person and a great daughter, she loved her family and she loved her friends and we all loved her.
Fr Kieran McAteer praised the solidarity the local community had shown since the tragic accident, and said solace could be taken from how everybody rallied around the family and showed them so much love and support through the most difficult time imaginable.
Kym was buried in Drumboe cemetery after the requiem Mass at St Mary’s Church, Stranorlar.