Saturday 3 December 2016

Berkeley balcony collapse: President Higgins to plant tree in California in memory of tragic students

Published 20/10/2015 | 07:20

President Michael D. Higgins
President Michael D. Higgins

President Michael D Higgins is to plant a tree in Berkeley in memory of the six students who tragically died following an apartment balcony collapse.

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The poignant event will be part of an eight-day trip to the west coast of the United States.

Accompanied by his wife Sabina, President Higgins plans to travels to Seattle, and is set to deliver a keynote address at the University of Washington.

Read more: Victims of Berkeley tragedy honoured at UCD

Families and friends attend a memorial vigil one month after the balcony collapse which killed six Irish students in Berkeley, California
Families and friends attend a memorial vigil one month after the balcony collapse which killed six Irish students in Berkeley, California

The Presidential party will then depart for California where they will meet Governor Jerry Brown and speak at the University of California in Berkeley.

First responders, volunteers and all who helped following the balcony tragedy will be visited with President Higgins.

Hannah Waters (on right) who was injured in the balcony accident in Berkeley. (ID by neighbours).
Hannah Waters (on right) who was injured in the balcony accident in Berkeley. (ID by neighbours).
LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY: Dublin Student Aoife Beary has spoken to her grandmother for the first time since the balcony tragedy in Berkeley that claimed the lives of her seven friends
Clodagh Cogley in a photograph taken in hospital in the US, where she is working to recover from serious injuries sustained in the Berkeley tragedy.
Singer Hozier pictured at the funeral of Olivia Burke, inset
Singer Hozier pictured at the funeral of Olivia Burke, inset
Mourners at the funeral mass of Lorcan Miller at Rathmichael parish Church for his funeral mass this morning

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