Tuesday 28 March 2017

Practical support in our hour of darkness

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, left, hugs Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland of the Western United States, after placing wreaths at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley, California
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, left, hugs Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland of the Western United States, after placing wreaths at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley, California

Events in San Francisco unleashed a tide of grief which swept the whole country; and then came the wave of compassion and support. Nothing can fill the void left in the hearts of the bereaved families, but eventually the show of solidarity will be of some comfort.

Another more material manifestation of the goodwill and empathy came yesterday with the establishment of a fund. Within hours, hundreds of people donated $38,000 to help with medical costs and other practical necessities.

An official account was established by the Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre in San Francisco.

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