Friday 19 January 2018

Candlelight vigil held in Berkeley to mark month since tragic balcony collapse

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A candelight vigil has been held in Berkeley to commemorate the month’s mind of the tragic balcony collapse.

Six young Irish J1 students were killed when balcony of an apartment they were attending a 21st birthday party in collapsed.

Seven other students were seriously injured in the incident, which was as a result of dry rot.

There was silence from those gathered as the families and friends of the victims placed candles in Berkeley’s main square.

13 white roses were placed among the candles, to commemorate the six dead and seven injured in the accident.

The Irish Consul Philip Grant attended the service, saying while it was a sad day it was also a time to celebrate the progress made by the seven survivors.

Five Dublin students – Lorcán Miller, Niccolai Schuster, Eoghan Culligan, Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke, all 21 – and Ashley Donohoe (22), all died in the tragedy.

Seven others – Aoife Beary, Hannah Waters, Clodagh Cogley, Niall Murray, Jack Halpin, Conor Flynn and Seán Fahey – were injured in the accident, some seriously.

Sean Fahey returned to Ireland the week after the accident and he is expected to be joined by Conor Flynn, who has been unable to travel because of his injuries.

Jack Halpin is also expected to return home shortly.

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