Hundreds of mourners have gathered for the funeral of Chermaine Carroll in Co Carlow.
The 20-year-old was the first of four to be laid to rest, after being killed in Tuesday’s road crash near Athy.
The hearse arrived flanked by mourners dressed in vibrant colours – belying the grey day, and sad occasion.
Family members wore purple in tribute to Chermaine – who died aged just 20 in Tuesday’s devastating crash.
Father Tom Little, parish priest at Bennekerry said the community is in shock. "Our parish seems to have been plunged back into the darkness that overwhelmed us," he said.
Gifts brought to the altar included makeup brushes - as Chermaine had studied makeup artistry, while her boyfriend Toss brought up a photo.
Members of St Leo’s college folk group sang the hymns – and all readings were by relatives, including Jazmin, who spoke at the end of the funeral mass;
"Like all of you here today, I stand here with a heavy heart to mourn one of my best friends," she told the congregation. "It would be impossible for me to put into words the loss that all of us are feeling."
While her best friend Allie said she, Chermaine and Dayna – who is still recovering in hospital after the crash – were inseparable.
Chermaine is survived by her parents, her sisters Leanne and Melisa, her brother Ger, boyfriend Thos and granny Marie.
The funeral of Gemma Nolan - who was also killed in the crash - takes place in Askagh church this afternoon.