Sunday 11 December 2016

The tragedy of the children who left and who will never come home

Liz Kearney

Published 20/06/2015 | 02:30

Flowers during a memorial service in UCD, Dublin for the six students who died in the balcony collapse tragedy in Berkeley, California.
Flowers during a memorial service in UCD, Dublin for the six students who died in the balcony collapse tragedy in Berkeley, California.

It is 15 summers ago now, but I still remember the tears at Dublin Airport.

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We were heading away on our Big J1 Adventure, rucksacks stuffed with summer clothes and Barrys teabags. A clutch of parents waved us off in the departure lounge, forcing themselves into cheery smiles. But their brimming eyes and tear-stained cheeks gave the game away.

I was bemused. Why on earth were they crying? We were heading off to Chicago to have the best summer of our lives. What could possibly be so upsetting about that?

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