Monday 26 September 2016

Brave Berkeley tragedy survivor Clodagh Cogley returns to university

Geraldine Gittens

Published 01/12/2015 | 07:13

Clodagh Cogley in a photograph taken in hospital in the US
Clodagh Cogley in a photograph taken in hospital in the US
Clodagh Cogley from Milltown, Dublin, injured in the Berkeley balcony fall. (ID by her dad to Adam)
Clodagh Cogley
Clodagh Cogley at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Berkeley tragedy survivor Clodagh Cogley has returned to university in Dublin.

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The 21-year-old, who arrived back in Ireland at the start of August, has resumed her studies while continuing to receive in-patient rehab hospital treatment.

Clodagh suffered horrific injuries in the balcony collapse that left six students dead and seven seriously injured on June 16 in Berkeley, California.

The Trinity student has moved back into her family’s home, now that it has been adapted to suit her needs.

“Clodagh has now returned to university in Dublin. She resumed her studies initially while continuing to receive in-patient rehab hospital treatment,” friends said in a statement on Clodagh’s Gofundme page.

“We're pleased to tell you that she's also now moved back into her family home. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of so many contributors, and the many fund-raising events that have taken place and are yet to be staged, we estimate that Clodagh will soon surpass her target to cover short and medium term expenses,” the statement said.

“Solutions to adapt the family house are nearly completed so that she may resume a normal life.”

The statement said it is hoped that the kindnesses shown to Clodagh will leave a positive legacy.

“We're forever grateful to those who gave up so much of their time, resources and money.”

“We'll never be able to thank everyone individually but we'll do our best and we hope that the outpouring of goodness and the kindness of so many will linger as a positive legacy to the dreadful tragedy that took six wonderful young lives and that caused such sadness.”

Clodagh (21) inspired the nation with her positivity following the tragedy. In a heartfelt post she said she would honour her friends “by living the happiest and most fulfilling life possible”.

Eoghan Culligan, Nick Schuster, Lorcán Miller, Eimear Walsh, Ashley Donohoe and Olivia Burke lost their lives in the horrific tragedy.

The Irish group were visiting the States on J1 visas when the disaster occurred. They had been celebrating the 21st birthday of Aoife Beary, one of the seven injured.

 

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