Monday 26 September 2016

Carrickmines fire tragedy: candlelight vigil held after bodies of victims released to family members

Robin Schiller

Published 16/10/2015 | 16:39

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
The scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines
General view of photos of victims of Glenamuck fire at vigil held in their memory. Little Bray Family Family and Resource Centre, Ard Chualann, Bray, Co. Wicklow
General view of photos of victims of Glenamuck fire at vigil held in their memory. Little Bray Family Family and Resource Centre, Ard Chualann, Bray, Co. Wicklow
General view of photos of victims of Glenamuck fire at vigil held in their memory. Little Bray Family Family and Resource Centre, Ard Chualann, Bray, Co. Wicklow
General view of photos of victims of Glenamuck fire at vigil held in their memory

Hundreds of people turned out for a candlelight vigil in Fassaroe in Bray for the Carrickmines fire victims this evening.

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A service, conducted by Fr Derek Farrell of the Parish of the Travelling Community, took place at the Bray Family Resource and Community Centre.

The scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines
The scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines
Thomas and Sylvia Connors
General view of photos of victims of Glenamuck fire at vigil held in their memory. Little Bray Family Family and Resource Centre, Ard Chualann, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Songs were sung by family and friends of the deceased, while tributes in the shape of flowers, pictures and gifts adorned a temporary altar at the centre.

Funeral arrangements are being made for the two families in Bray, Co Wicklow and in Wexford and the services are expected to be held early next week.

The scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines
The scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines
A tragic claimed the lives of 10 people including pregnant mum Tara Gilbert, her partner Willie Lynch and their two daughters Kelsey and Jodie

Earlier today, the bodies of the ten adults and children who tragically died in the fire at a halting site on the Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines last Saturday have been formally identified.

The deceased have been formally identified as Thomas (27) and Sylvia Connors (25) and their children Jim (5), Christy (2) and five-month-old Mary, who it is believed will all be buried in Wexford.

The scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines
The scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines
Thomas and Sylvia Connors

Willie Lynch (25), his partner Tara Gilbert (27) and their children Kelsey (4) and Jodie (9), as well as Willie’s 39-year-old brother Jimmy are expected to have their funerals in Bray.

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Actor Michael Collins, who played Johnny Connors in Glenroe, is pictured at The Glenamuck Roadd Candle Lit Vigil.
Actor Michael Collins, who played Johnny Connors in Glenroe, is pictured at The Glenamuck Roadd Candle Lit Vigil.
Crowds gather at the Glenamuck Road Candle Lit Vigil to pay tribute to the victims.
Candle tribtues to the Carrickmines fire victims.
Candle tributes to the ten victims of the Carrickmines tragedy.
Crowds gather at the Glenamuck Road Candle Lit Vigil to pay tribute to the victims.
The Glenamuck Rd Candle Lit Vigil last night.
People gather to pay tribute to the ten victims of the Carrickmines fire at the Glenamuck Road Candle Lit Vigil.
Tommy Stokes (6) and Elizabeth Wall (6) pictured at the Glenamuck road candle lit vigil.
A candle tribute to the ten victims of the Carrickmines fire tragedy.
People gather to pay tribute to the ten victims of the Carrickmines fire at the Glenamuck Road Candle Lit Vigil.

Meanwhile, talks are still continuing between Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown County Council and the residents of Rockville Drive over a proposed temporary accommodation in the estate.

Director of Southside Travellers said she hoped the site would be built as soon as possible “to allow the homeless families somewhere to live as they cope with their loss”.

Actor Michael Collins, who played Johnny Connors in Glenroe, is pictured at The Glenamuck Roadd Candle Lit Vigil.
Actor Michael Collins, who played Johnny Connors in Glenroe, is pictured at The Glenamuck Roadd Candle Lit Vigil.
Crowds gather at the Glenamuck Road Candle Lit Vigil to pay tribute to the victims.
Candle tribtues to the Carrickmines fire victims.
Candle tributes to the ten victims of the Carrickmines tragedy.
Crowds gather at the Glenamuck Road Candle Lit Vigil to pay tribute to the victims.
The Glenamuck Rd Candle Lit Vigil last night.
People gather to pay tribute to the ten victims of the Carrickmines fire at the Glenamuck Road Candle Lit Vigil.
Tommy Stokes (6) and Elizabeth Wall (6) pictured at the Glenamuck road candle lit vigil.
A candle tribute to the ten victims of the Carrickmines fire tragedy.
People gather to pay tribute to the ten victims of the Carrickmines fire at the Glenamuck Road Candle Lit Vigil.
Actor Michael Collins, who played Johnny Connors in Glenroe, is pictured at The Glenamuck Roadd Candle Lit Vigil.
Actor Michael Collins, who played Johnny Connors in Glenroe, is pictured at The Glenamuck Roadd Candle Lit Vigil.
Actor Michael Collins, who played Johnny Connors in Glenroe, is pictured at The Glenamuck Roadd Candle Lit Vigil.
Actor Michael Collins, who played Johnny Connors in Glenroe, is pictured at The Glenamuck Roadd Candle Lit Vigil.

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