Tuesday 6 December 2016

Buncrana tragedy has touched entire country

Published 22/03/2016 | 02:30

Flowers left at the scene at Buncrana Pier in Co Donegal after five people, including at least two children, have been killed and a baby girl is in hospital after a car they were in slipped from the pier
Flowers left at the scene at Buncrana Pier in Co Donegal after five people, including at least two children, have been killed and a baby girl is in hospital after a car they were in slipped from the pier

Some tragedies seem too stark for words. The sorrow evinced by the harrowing events at Lough Swilly has touched the hearts of the whole country.

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Affixing expression to such loss appears futile, but the lines of the poet Robert Herrick come some way to capture the sense of grief: "The eye by tears speak, while the tongue is mute."

The shock has been compounded by the suddenness, and the senselessness, of such a catastrophic end to a Sunday drive. The thoughts and prayers of the country will be with the surviving relatives of Sean McGrotty (49), his two young sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels (59), and Ms Daniels's daughter Jodie-Lee Daniels, who was 14.

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