Friday 20 April 2018

Funeral arrangements for victims

The remains of Olivia Burke arrive into Dublin Airport aboard an Aer Lingus flight yesterday
The remains of Olivia Burke arrive into Dublin Airport aboard an Aer Lingus flight yesterday
Eimear Walsh
Olivia Burke
Mourners cry as the caskets of cousins Olivia Burke, 21, and Ashley Donohoe, 22, are placed in hearses following services at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cotati, California on Saturday (AP Photo/Michael Short)
Niccolai Schuster (right)
The bodies of four of the Irish students who died after a balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California arrive back at Dublin Airport, Ireland, Sunday, June 21. Six students were killed when the fourth-floor balcony they were standing on collapsed during a party at the student accommodation block in Berkeley California on Tuesday (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Family and friends of five of the Irish students who were tragically killed in the Berkeley collapse will lay their sons and daughters to rest over the coming days.

Eimear Walsh and Eoghan Culligan will be remembered at funeral Masses this morning and they will be buried by their heartbroken families and friends shortly afterwards.

Eimear's funeral Mass will be held at 11am at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock, where parish priest Fr Frank Herron remembered her as playing an active role in the local community.

The UCD medicine student will then be accompanied on her final journey to Shanganagh Cemetery by her heartbroken parents Jim and Patricia, her brother Robert, extended family and friends.

The 21-year-old reposed in Fanagans Funeral Home in Dundrum yesterday afternoon for a number of hours before spending her final night at home.

Eoghan Culligan's parents Marie and Gerry will say their final goodbye to their youngest son in the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham after 11am Mass today. The DIT student, who was extremely close to his older brothers Andrew and Stephen, will be buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery shortly afterwards.

His "loving girlfriend" Sarah is also expected to attend.

The 21-year-old's family have requested for family flowers only at the funeral and have asked instead that donations be made to the Fr Peter McVerry Trust or the Nepal Disaster Fund if desired.

Niccolai Schuster, the "darling boy" of John and Graziella, will be laid to rest tomorrow after an 11am funeral Mass in the Church of the Three Patrons in Rathgar.

The UCD student, who was very close to his brother Alexei, will then be brought to the crematorium at Mount Jerome in Harold's Cross.

Olivia Burke, who attended Loreto College in Foxrock with Eimear Walsh and Aoife Beary, who remains injured in hospital, will be buried after an 11am funeral Mass tomorrow morning.

The IADT student was remembered at a service in San Francisco honouring her and her cousin Ashley Donohoe, who died alongside her after the balcony collapse in the early hours of last Tuesday morning.

The 21-year-old will then be brought to the cemetery in Deansgrange, led by her parents Paul and Paula and brother Gavin, where she will be laid to rest.

Olivia arrived home from San Francisco yesterday morning and reposed at a funeral home in the city centre for a number of hours. It is understood that the parents of her Irish-American cousin Ashley will attend her funeral ceremony on Wednesday.

Lorcán Miller, who was in the same class as his friend Eimear Walsh in UCD, will be buried on Thursday morning after an 11am funeral Mass in the Rathmichael Parish Church in Shankill.

He was the eldest of Ken and Sinéad Miller's four children, and was "adored" by his siblings Jamie, Lucy and Poppy.

His family have also requested family flowers only for the funeral with donations instead being made to the Irish Cancer Society.

It is understood that a government minister will attend each funeral.

Emma Jane Hade

Irish Independent

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