Carrickmines fire tragedy: candlelight vigil held after bodies of victims released to family members
Hundreds of people turned out for a candlelight vigil in Fassaroe in Bray for the Carrickmines fire victims this evening.
A service, conducted by Fr Derek Farrell of the Parish of the Travelling Community, took place at the Bray Family Resource and Community Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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”.