Wednesday 20 September 2017

Services to mark Berkeley anniversary

Mourners stand by during a candlelight vigil for six Irish students Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
Mourners stand by during a candlelight vigil for six Irish students Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

The families affected by the Berkeley tragedy will be remembered in the coming days at masses and prayers in Dublin, San Francisco and in the various parts of the country where they had connections.

An anniversary mass will take place at St Columba's Church in San Francisco, where the bodies were brought for service before they returned home. Berkeley priest Fr Brendan McBride said it will be a community gathering of volunteers, the Irish consulate, Berkeley Fire and Police Department and first responders. "The community here need to gather and it will be a reflective day for many people. Personally, it will be a quiet day," he said.

"As time goes on, you just feel for the families and their loss, there's nothing you can do to take away their pain but it's a time to remember the loss to their families and to Ireland," he told the Sunday Independent.

Jimmy Deenihan, the former Minister for the Diaspora, who is a personal friend of the families of some of the injured, hopes to meet some of them in Dublin. He said the survivors are making "very good recoveries". UCD will email students and staff to remind them of the Garden of Remembrance established on campus in honour of all those who died and were injured in the tragedy.

This weekend, Mike Kelly, US attorney for the many of the families, said their civil actions against builders, owners and managers of Library Gardens are progressing.

Sunday Independent

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