A Facebook tribute page set up to pay tribute to the eight young men who lost their lives in the worst car crash in the history of the Irish State has received over 35,000 Facebook “likes”.
The Facebook page 'Remembrance of Donegal Crash Victims', which was set up days after the Inishowen tragedy, has become a channel for an unprecedented outpouring of grief for family and friends of the victims, at home and overseas.
People from as far away as Japan have accessed the page and left heart-rendering messages of grief and sympathy with the victims’ families.
Poems, messages of consolations, and even songs were all posted by the countless thousands who logged onto the page on the popular social networking site.
The page’s description reads: To the families of the young who perished in this horrific accident and Mr. Hugh Friel [the elderly bingo player killed in the other car], deep heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all of you and your families in the times ahead.
“May all the victims R.I.P. My heart goes out to their friends and families and Shaun Kelly,” said one poster, while another said that: “My heart and prayers go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident.”
Some posters on the page’s well expressed their desire to send messages of encouragement to the sole survivor of the horrific accident, the driver of the mangled Passat in which the seven passengers all died:
“Hi again is there any chance you could set up a page for the driver of the Passat (sorry I dont no his name) just to show him how much support around the whole country he really has because he is going to need it so much. It would be good for him to show how much people support him,” said the poster.