Monday 29 May 2017

Candlelight tribute for tragic Karen (24) as Glasgow pays respects

A candlelight vigil in Garnet Hill Park, Glasgow for tragic Irish student Karen Buckley from North Cork
Pic:Mark Condren
A candlelight vigil in Garnet Hill Park, Glasgow for tragic Irish student Karen Buckley from North Cork Pic:Mark Condren
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

GLASGOW payed its respects to tragic Cork student Karen Buckley for the second time tonight, as a group of mourners gathered in the city centre.

Around 100 people came to Garnethill Park near the city centre at 7pm for the silent vigil beside where Karen lived on Hill Street. The talented young nurse shared a flat on the leafy road that was also home to four of the last 15 Turner Prize winners.

A three spiral Celtic design, based on patterns in Newgrange Co Meath, was layed out with 1000 tea lights at the centre of the park.

Those wishing to pay their respects were encouraged to light a candle for the occupational therapy student.

Organisers battled a chilly Glaswegian wind as the cool breeze scuppered their efforts to light all the candles.

But their perseverance was outstanding as neighbours gathered close around to act as a shield from the gusts.

Event organiser and Chairperson of Garnethill Community Council Jane Sutherland said the event was a "small mark of neighbourly respect for the bright light that Karen was.”

She said: "It’s just so shocking the whole thing is unbelievably shocking. I can’t imagine how hard of a time her family are having. She is their one and only girl. I know her flat mates have shredded hearts."

It’s the second vigil for Ms Buckley in as many days as over 800 people turned out for a ceremony in Glasgow’s George Square yesterday.

When asked what she thought of the reaction from people in the Scottish city she said "you would find the same response anywhere.

"Everybody has got a sister or daughter or cousin, she was a young lass and to have her life cut short so cruelly tugs at the heart strings of everybody."

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