Thursday 29 September 2016

Final Berkeley funeral: Extrovert Lorcán 'threw everything he had into everything he did' - Dad

Laura Larkin

Published 25/06/2015 | 11:18

The remains of Lorcan Miller are brought to Rathmichael Parish Church for his funeral mass this morning Pic:Mark Condren
The remains of Lorcan Miller are brought to Rathmichael Parish Church for his funeral mass this morning Pic:Mark Condren
The remains of Lorcan Miller are brought to Rathmichael parish Church for his funeral mass this morning Pic:Mark Condren

HUNDREDS of mourners have gathered this morning at the final funeral service of the students who died in the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California at the start of last week.

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Lorcán Miller (21) was a third year medicine student in UCD, where he studied alongside Eimear Walsh.

His parents Ken and Sinead are the chief mourners at the service.

Ken Miller broke down as he paid an emotional tribute to his "truly remarkable" son.

"Lorcán was an extrovert who loved life and wasn't afraid to try new things," he told the congregation.

"He threw everything he had into everything he did," he added.

Lorcan Miller
Lorcan Miller
Olivia Burke
Eimear Walsh
Ashley Donohue
Eoghan Culligan - Age: 21 From: Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 School: St Mary’s College, Rathmines Studying: Logistics, DIT
Niccolai Schuster (right)

He told those present of stories of his son's life where he was always in charge it organising events - a solace to parents of his friends who knew he would do a good job his dad said.

There was laughter in the church as Mr Miller asked that people remember Lorcán's stupid hats, his giraffe onesie, his love of everything Harry Potter and his pouting selfies.

Lorcán was a member of the executive committee of the student medical journal and he was also elected as club secretary in the UCD hockey club. His dad recalled how he lived for sport particularly tennis and hockey.

Read more: Formal investigation launched into tragic Berkeley balcony collapse

The outgoing student was a devoted brother to his younger siblings, Jamie, Poppy and Lucy.

On June 7 he penned a postcard to them from his U.S. workplace, Bubba Gumps. It arrived on Tuesday.

His heartbroken dad shared it with those in the church.

"As part of my job I have to talk with customers and I always tell them about my amazing brother and sisters and how much I miss them," the post card read.

Lorcán signed off the card with 12 kisses.

Canon David Moynan led the service at the Rathmichael Parish Church in Shankhill, and the Archbishop of Dublin Dr Michael Jackson was also in attendance.

Members of the UCD hockey team stood in a guard of honour as the hearse arrived at the church.

Tanaiste Joan Burton and the U.S. Ambassador Kevin O'Malley were among the dignitaries in the church today. Local TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor also joined mourners.

Read more: 'A magical son who was like a space rocket going through his life'

During the service friends of the popular student provided the music, and songs from Coldplay and Adele were played.

More to follow.

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