Tuesday 21 November 2017

Friends and family of Clodagh Cogley ask JK Rowling to contact injured Irish student as she listens to Harry Potter tapes in Berkeley hospital

Clodagh Cogley
Clodagh Cogley
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The brother of Irish student Clodagh Cogley, who was injured in the Berkeley tragedy, has appealed to author JK Rowling to get in touch with his hospitalised sister.

Clodagh Cogley (21) was one of the seven seriously injured following the balcony collapse in California that killed six other young students.

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 on Monday night.

Read more: 'Its universal - these are all our families, these are all our children' - Consul General reveals 'sense of shared grief' following Berkeley tragedy

Clodagh, along with Jack Halpin (21), Hannah Waters (21), Aoife Beary (21), Niall Murray (21), Sean Fahey (21) and Conor Flynn (22), were hospitalised following the incident.

The granddaughter of legendary RTÉ rugby commentator Fred Cogley, Clodagh suffered extensive injuries to her legs and spine.

Her brother Daragh - who has thanked Jack Halpin for helping to Clodagh - has asked JK Rowling, author of the popular Harry Potter books get get in contact with his sister.

Read more: J1 student tragedy: The injured

"Hi, my sister Clodagh was involved in the Berkeley tragedy and is recovering in hospital listening to Harry Potter audio books," Daragh tweeted the English writer earlier this evening.

"If you, Harry, Ron or Hermione would be able to send on any sort of message it would mean the absolute world to her."

The appeal has attracted the attention of a number of other well wishers who have added their tweets to the online @jk_rowling campaign.

"Our friend Clodagh loves your books and is recovering in Berkeley Hospital with HP. A message would make her week!," wrote Jessie Hayden.

Read more: Former President McAleese slams New York Times' for 'sense of sociopathic disassociation' in coverage of J1 students

While Kevin Lynch posted: "Hi my dear friend Clodagh, injured in the #Berkeley tragedy is healing via the Harry potter audiobooks and a word from you."

Irish Consul General Philip Grant has said that the Irish community in California has come together in "solidarity and support" in the last few days.

There is no hierarchy here in terms of pain and suffering," he said.

“An enormously moving vigil was organised by the J1 students last night. It's universal; these are all our families at the moment, these are all out children."

Mr Grant reiterated his gratitude towards the "incredible" accident support services and the hospitals tasked with caring for the seven injured students.

"I can't express to people back home the support over here. They are at our side," he told Six One news.

A special wing has been set up for the grieving J1 students in one of the hospitals, where they have a kitchen and a room to stay.

Mr Grant said the prognosis of the injured students may not be known for a number of weeks. “They’re fighters,” he said.

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