Wednesday 28 June 2017

Friends and family united in grief at special mass for Berkeley victims in St Mary's College

Wednesday 17 June 2015. The chapel in St. Mary's CCCP, Rathmines. People sign the book of condolence.
Wednesday 17 June 2015. The chapel in St. Mary's CCCP, Rathmines. People sign the book of condolence.
Wednesday 17 June 2015. The chapel in St. Mary's CCCP, Rathmines. People sign the book of condolence.
Wednesday 17 June 2015. The chapel in St. Mary's CCCP, Rathmines. People sign the book of condolence.
Wednesday 17 June 2015. The chapel in St. Mary's CCCP, Rathmines. People sign the book of condolence.

Ryan Nugent

Hundreds of students, friends and family united in grief as a special mass was held in St Mary's College, Rathmines, in honour of two past pupils who lost their lives in the Berkeley tragedy.

Former students Eoghan Culligan and Nick Schuster fell off the the third floor of an apartment complex after the balcony on which they were standing, collapsed.

Niccolai Schuster
Niccolai Schuster

The secondary school gym was jammed with people looking to support the grieving family and friends at the impromptu ceremony, while there was little room to manoeuvre in the upstairs gym, with up to one hundred more there to pass their condolences.

Addressing the congregation, Father Michael Duggan said that this wasn't the way it was supposed to work.

Eoghan Culligan
Eoghan Culligan

"The natural order of life says that children should be the ones burying their parents.

"Now we're faced with parents having to bury their children,"said Fr Duggan, a former pupil and school prefect when he attended St Mary's more than four decades ago.

The mass was soon over, and the choir, having completed a rendition of Hallelujah, had stopped singing, but nobody moved - everybody still in shock at the tragic deaths of their friends.

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