Memorial: Student Eoghan Culligan who died in Berkeley tragedy 'always brought sunshine'
Published 18/06/2015 | 17:38
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".
Classmates and lecturers of the 21 year old, from Rathfarnham, gathered to remember the student who lost his life in Berkeley this week.
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.
"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.
In a message they described the youngster as someone who settled in and became one of the lads very quickly.
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.