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Friday 9 December 2016

More details on tragedy only add to poignancy

Published 18/06/2015 | 02:30

The Tricolour flies at half mast at Leinster House, Dublin, where the Dail has gone into recess as a mark of respect to the six students who were killed in a balcony collapse in Berkeley
The Tricolour flies at half mast at Leinster House, Dublin, where the Dail has gone into recess as a mark of respect to the six students who were killed in a balcony collapse in Berkeley

The young faces are beginning to become familiar as they emerge from the tragedy in Berkeley, along with their names, and the all-too-brief biographies.

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As the individual details are filled in, the enormity of what was lost takes on added pathos. The scale of the injuries of those who survived, and the stories of the courage of some of those hurt in trying to come to their assistance, have also come into focus.

While flags flew at half-mast yesterday, and as the flowers and cards piled up at the scene of the tragedy on 2020 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, so too did the questions.

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