Monday 23 October 2017

Berkeley tragedy: Injured survivors 'will not be returning to Ireland soon'

Sean Fahey
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The seven Irish students who survived a balcony collapse in the college town of Berkeley, California, remain in hospital in varying states of recovery nearly a week later.

Father Aidan McAleenan of St Columba Catholic Church in Oakland says all of the students face long physical and mental recoveries, and they probably will not be returning to Ireland soon.

Aoife Beary
Aoife Beary
Clodagh Cogley
Hannah Waters (on right) who was injured in the balcony accident in Berkeley

The students were on a balcony that snapped off the fifth floor of an apartment building on Tuesday during a birthday party. Five 21-year-old students from Ireland and a 22-year-old from California died.

Read more here: Injured students face lengthy wait ahead of return home for treatment  

Jack Halpin
Jack Halpin
Conor Flynn
Niall Murray

A spokesman with John Muir hospital in Walnut Creek said two of the injured, Jack Halpin and Conor Flynn, are in fair condition today.

Representatives with two other hospitals directed reporters to the Irish Consulate, which did not return a call seeking comment.

Ashley Donohoe (22), Olivia Burke (21), Eoghan Culligan (21), Niccolai (Nick) Schuster (21),  Lorcan Miller (21) and  Eimear Walsh (21) were killed when the fourth-floor balcony of an apartment complex on Kittredge Street collapsed.

Read more here: Victims' families praise 'faultless' action of fellow J1 students  

Their remains have since been returned to Ireland. 

Clodagh Cogley, Jack Halpin (21), Hannah Waters (21), Aoife Beary (21), Niall Murray (21), Sean Fahey (21) and Conor Flynn (22), were hospitalised following the incident and remain in the United States.

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