by Stephen Maguire
A priest at the funeral of the tragic Co Donegal crashed victim, Shiva Blue Devine, told young people not to think that they are invincible.
Fr Joseph O & # 39; Donnell spoke during the funeral of the 20-year-old in the St. Brigid's Church in Ballintra.
Hundreds of people stepped into the church overlooking Donegal Bay to give a final greeting to the mother-of-one.
Shiva died with friend Conall McAleer after the car in which they were both rear passengers hit a wall and then a lamppost in Bundoran at 3.25 pm on Sunday morning for the last time.
Fr O & # 39; Donnell revealed that this was not the first time he had committed a funeral for a young person who was killed in such circumstances.
The priest was also present at Letterkenny University Hospital in 2010 when the bodies of eight people killed in the Clonmany Road tragedy were taken to the mortuary.
He added that the toll of the occasion cost him two years to recover from.
He said, "I spent Sunday evening and Monday morning comforting parents and their friends and leading them down to identify their children.
"I had hoped that I would never have to face such a thing again, it took me two years to recover.
"Although the circumstances and details of the Sunday morning crash can be totally different, the only real fact is that young lives have been lost."
Among the mourners were Tragic Shiva's mother and father, Julian and Nicola and extended family members.
Her three-year-old son Kyle, who wore a hat with red sequins, brought a CD to the altar as part of the offertory gifts.
Many of those at the funeral wore blue in honor of Shiva, including mother Nicola wearing a blue dress and dark glasses.
The congregation, which was described as one of the greatest in living memories, was told that Shiva had packed so much in her short life and always had fun.
She had no real time for modern music, but loved country and western.
In her honor, Fr O & # 39; Donnell recited the Roger Turner poem & # 39; I Grew Up On Country Music & # 39 ;.
Shiva was buried at the adjacent cemetery while hundreds of mourners later walked to the nearby Ballintra Community Center to remember the life of Shiva.