Tuesday 24 January 2017

Memorial: Student Eoghan Culligan who died in Berkeley tragedy 'always brought sunshine'

Laura Larkin

Published 18/06/2015 | 17:38

Eoghan Culligan (21) who died in the Berkeley balcony tragedy.
Eoghan Culligan (21) who died in the Berkeley balcony tragedy.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.

There was standing room only at a memorial for DIT student Eoghan Culligan at his college this afternoon, where he was remembered as a young man who "always brought sunshine".

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 Classmates and lecturers of the 21 year old, from Rathfarnham, gathered to remember the student who lost his life in Berkeley this week.

Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan.
Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Mourners sign a book of condolences at a memorial service held today in DIT Aungier Street in memory of Eoghan Culligan. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates (L) hugs Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland to the Western United States, following a wreath-laying ceremony at the scene of a 4th-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley
Workmen examine the damage at the scene of the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California
Injured student Jack Halpin
Police hold up sheets as medical staff take away the bodies of the dead students at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley.
Stunned onlookers at the scene of the tragedy
Visitors lay flowers on a makeshift memorial near the scene of a 4th-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, California
Two grief-stricken Irish students, who say they knew the victims, look on as sheriff’s deputies move the body of a friend who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse.
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Director of the School of Business, where Eoghan was due to begin his final year, Paul O'Sullivan, described the six students who died as "the flowers of their generation".

Eoghan was the "key man" in his college study groups, Mr O'Sullivan told mourners.

"He was always positive, he always brought sunshine," he said.

Read more: Student injured in Berkeley tragedy thanks public for support in 'such a dark time'

Two men participate in a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Oakland, California June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Two men participate in a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Oakland, California June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Father Aidan McAleenan, an Irishman who has a Parish in Oakland, speaks during a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Oakland, California June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
The sun sets outside the Cathedral of Christ the Light, prior to a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse, in Oakland, California June 17, 2015. Three men and three women in their early 20s, including an American friend of the Irish students, died in the collapse, and seven others were hospitalized. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Claire Raftery, a former Dubliner now living in San Francisco, plays the bagpipes prior to a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Oakland, California June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
A man looks up while others pray during a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Oakland, California June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Claire Raftery, a former Dubliner now living in San Francisco, stands during a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Oakland, California June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Neil Sands, President of the Irish Network Bay Area, attends a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Oakland, California June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Claire Raftery, a former Dubliner now living in San Francisco, plays bagpipes before a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Oakland, California June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Mourners lay candles during a vigil for six Irish students Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
Mourners hold candles during a vigil for six Irish students Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
A mourner cries after placing a candle at a vigil for six Irish students Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. The six Irish students died when a balcony collapsed during a party. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
Mourners stand by during a candlelight vigil for six Irish students Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
Candles illuminate a picture of Niccolai Schuster during a candlelight vigil for six Irish students Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
A flag of Ireland, flowers and a sign are shown at a shrine left for victims of the Library Gardens apartment building balcony collapse Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
A man who did not give his name looks at photographs, cards and flowers from a shrine for victims from the Library Gardens apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Flowers and cards are left for victims from the Library Gardens apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

 "Even as a secondary school student Eoghan was already volunteering in a nursing home," he added.

 Friends of the St Enda's Ballyboden GAA star broke down in tears as tributes to him poured in from his lecturers.

 "He was big physically and his impact on you was also big," lecturer Margaret Farrelly said.

 "In many ways he was the glue that made you fabulous." 

 She described her former student as "kind-hearted" with a "great sense of humour".

 Mr Culligan's former employers Ace Logistics, where he worked on placement, sent their condolences.

Read more: Law firms begin considering compensation - previous victims of collapse awarded $12m

 In a message they described the youngster as someone who settled in and became one of the lads very quickly.

Olivia Burke
Olivia Burke
Lorcán Miller
Lorcan Miller took key positions in the school's Model United Nations St Andrew's College/PA Wire (undated photo)
Eimear Walsh
Eoghan Culligan
Ashley Donohoe
Niccolai Schuster
The remains of the damaged balcony are removed from the 4th-story apartment building in Berkeley. Photo: Reuters

 He was studying for a degree in Supply Chain Management and Logistics l.

 Former DIT student Nicolai Schuster (21) was also remembered at the ceremony.

 Those in attendance were also asked to send prayers for Conor Flynn (21) who is in second year there and for Hannah Waters (21) who was seriously injured in the accident.

 Ms Waters' mother Una attended the college as a mature student and asked for people to send their prayers to California.

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