By Anne Cadwallader
BELFAST — Hundreds of mourners joined the family of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams in mourning the deaths of his two young nephews, killed last week in a car crash a few hundred yards from their home.
The boys’ parents, Adams’s sister Margaret McCorry and his brother-in-law Mickey, were grief-stricken by the deaths of their only two sons, less than two years after their daughter’s husband, Terry Enright, was murdered by loyalists.
Liam McCorry, who was 18, died instantly with his 15-year-old brother, Miceal, when his Suzuki car collided with a black taxi near their West Belfast home on Tuesday night, Nov. 2.
Speaking on the eve of the funerals, Adams said: "Liam and Miceal were bright, shining lights in our life. They were both extremely decent and wonderful young lads.
"They brought love, joy and happiness to all our family and especially to their parents, Mickey and Margaret, and sisters Deirdre and Mairead." It was Deirdre’s husband who was killed by the LVF last January.
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Relatives yesterday told how Liam had only just received the car after passing his driving test, and said it was "his pride and joy." On the night of his death, he and Miceal drove from their home in Hawthorn Street to visit their father at work in order to pick up the keys for his van.
Liam was said to be worried about leaving his car out of view overnight, and wanted to park it directly in front of the house in place of the van. On their way home, they were involved in the collision on the Falls Road, which also injured two of the four people in the taxi.
Adams paid tribute to Liam, an A-level student at Corpus Christi College, and Miceal, who attended St. Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School. He said: "Miceal was a fine sportsman and a committed Gaelic footballer. He was outgoing and full of fun. Liam was quieter, more easy going but just as talented."