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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Minute's silence observed for Carrickmines blaze victims at local council meeting

Efforts to raise funds for 14 made homeless by tragedy coordinated by SVP

Andrew Phelan & David Kearns

Published 12/10/2015 | 08:38

People gather as toys and flowers are left at the halting site
People gather as toys and flowers are left at the halting site
Margaret Donohue who was related to the Connors at the scene of where ten people from the traveller community died in the blaze that broke out at a halting site on Glenamuck Road in the early hours of Saturday morning
Flowers & messages of support at the scene of a fire which resulted in the deaths of 10 people at a halting site on Glenamuck Road South, Carrickmines, Dublin
Flowers are left at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Local parishioners are to fund raise for the victims of a blaze which claimed 10 lives in Ireland, a Catholic priest has said. See PA story IRISH Halting. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A woman leaves flowers outside a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines, south Dublin, where ten people from two families, including a mother, father and a five-month-old baby, were killed in a fire yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 11, 2015. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A minute's silence has been observed by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in memory of the victims of the weekend’s tragic fire in Carrickmines.

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The local authority’s monthly meeting was adjourned after councillors extended their sympathies to the families of the victims of the blaze.

Councillors said the fire in which 10 people from two Traveller families died - including five children - was a “local and national tragedy."

Condolences were led by the Mayor, Cllr Barry Saul (FG).

“Our thoughts and prayers are with both families at this difficult time, and with those who survived,” he said.

He thanked the emergency services for their “brave efforts” and the work being done by all to make the lives of the bereaved “more bearable.”

Couple Thomas Connors & Sylvia (Lynch) Connors on their wedding day
Couple Thomas Connors & Sylvia (Lynch) Connors on their wedding day

Cllr Lynsey McGovern (NP) said the community of Carrickmines was in a state of “deep shock.”

“They are completely numbed by what happened,” she said. “The scale of the tragedy is unprecedented.”

“The whole community is in mourning,” Cllr Tom Murphy (FF) said.

Cllr Peter O’Brien (Lab) said he had been at the fire scene and “harrowing cannot even begin to describe the atmosphere.”

The aftermath of the fire in Carrickmines, in which 10 people were killed
The aftermath of the fire in Carrickmines, in which 10 people were killed

The silence was also held in memory of Garda Anthony Golden, who was shot dead attending a 999 call in Co Louth on Sunday.

Garda Golden had been stationed in Cabinteely, south Dublin before his posting in Omeath, where the weekend’s second tragedy took place.

A tragic claimed the lives of 10 people including pregnant mum Tara Gilbert, her partner Willie Lynch and their two daughters Kelsey and Jodie
A tragic claimed the lives of 10 people including pregnant mum Tara Gilbert, her partner Willie Lynch and their two daughters Kelsey and Jodie
Kelsey and Jodie - the two young sisters who perished in a fire at their home

Fund raising efforts have begun to support the victims of the deadly blaze.

The charity group St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is preparing to organise a donation drive to help 14 people left homeless by the fire.

People gather at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning
People gather at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning
Floral tributes at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Fr. Derek Farrell, Parish Priest of the Parish of the Travelling Community looks at floral tributes at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
A well wisher brings flowers to the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Floral tributes at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
The ambulance hearse at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines where it was bringing away the bodies of the deceased victims. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
The ambulance hearse leaves the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines where it was bringing away the bodies of the deceased victims. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
An ambulance containing the bodies of the victims leaves the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, yesterday evening. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
The ambulance hearse leaves the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines where it was bringing away the bodies of the deceased victims. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
A garda lays flowers at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Fire Officer Denis Keely and Garda Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald and Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Fire Officers Gerry Stanley and Denis Keely and Garda Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald and Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
A garda lays flowers at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Garda Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald and Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
A garda lays flowers at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
State Pathologist Margaret Bolster arrives at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Garda Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald and Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Minister Alex White at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Gardai at the entrance to the halting site where the tragic fire occured at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
State Pathologist Margaret Bolster arrives at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Sandyford Parish Priest Fr. Gerry Moore, left, at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
A garda brings flowers to the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Local TD Shane Ross talks to Gardai at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Well wishers brings flowers to the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Gardai and fire services at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Gardai forensic services at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Independent TD's Peter Matthews and Shane Ross at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Local TD Shane Ross talks to Gardai at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Local TD Shane Ross at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Gardai and fire services at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
A well wisher brings flowers at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Gardai and fire services at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Gardai and fire services at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.

The Southside Traveller Action Group which has been providing support and comfort for the families bereaved by the tragedy is to meet with SVP later this afternoon to finalise plans to help the victims.

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A book of condolences to the two families that lost their lives was opened today by the Irish Traveller Movement in the Mansion House at 11am.

Already, local parishioners in the Sandyford area have been collecting donations to pass on.

Fr Andrew O'Sullivan, parish priest from St Patrick's Church Glencullen near Sandyford, asked those wishing to express their solidarity with the community to contact SVP to donate.

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He told parishioners: "It is a time of sadness and great loss for them. People are very much aware of the fragility of life and how these terrible tragedies can happen without any warning or notice."

"We have spoken to St Vincent de Paul and if people wish to give in some way they may do so."

The halting site on Glenamuck Road South accommodated up to half a dozen caravans and one or two permanent residential structures, the Southside Traveller Action Group said.

“The primary focus now is centred on the injured and bereaved. There are 14 people left homeless as a result of this fire and they are in need of emergency accommodation.

“[We] will meet with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council to address this immediate need… [and] a meeting with the HSE and Department of Social Protection will follow to discuss the ongoing needs of these families.”

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Currently two children remain in hospital after they were rescued from the deadly blaze that killed two families, including a six-month-old baby.

One of the children remains in a serious but stable condition, the group said.

A spokesperson for the group said its centre in Sandyford was acting as a focal point for people and a base for those who were travelling from different parts of the country.

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Efforts to raise funds for the 14 people made homeless by Saturday’s tragedy are being coordinated by the Vincent De Paul society, the Southside Traveller Action Group.

The account is now open at AIB 10 Main Street, Dundrum, Co. Dublin.

The account details are as follows.

 Account number is 16005289

NSC:    93-31-20

 BIC:  AIBKIE2D

 IBAN:    IE38AIBK93312016005289

 Cheques made payable to 'SVP Carrickmines Tragedy’ can be sent to Finance Dept, SVP East Region, 91-92 Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1.

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