Dozens of friends, colleagues and fellow students of two women who tragically lost their lives after a balcony collapse in the US visited the Foxrock parish church this afternoon to sign a book of condolences that had been laid out.
Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke (both 21) passed away after a balcony they were on collapsed during a 21st birthday party in the Berkeley area of California, while another woman from the parish, Aoife Beary (21) is still currently in hospital.
Local Parish curate Father Frank Herron described the devastating impact the tragedy has had on the local community.
"It hit us like a tsunami. The instant loss of such innocent lives, it's incomprehensible. The community has really come together to support one another during this time," Father Herron said.
"Last night there was a spontaneous gathering of people, and the church was still full at 1am this morning. It was great to see the sense of community in such dark times," he added.
Young men and women comforted one another as they remembered the deceased, while candles were lit for those still battling for their lives in hospital.
Among those paying their respects was Dublin GAA star Jack McCaffrey, who was in the same college course as Ms Walsh in UCD.
The fact that San Francisco International Airport was lit up with blue and gold, the Golden State Warrior's colours, as devastated parents and siblings were touching down from Dublin is a particularly chilling juxtaposition.
The news of the appalling tragedy in Berkeley, California, this week struck me first and foremost as a father of two young girls, one of whom is in college. My heart goes out to the families and friends who have suffered such a tragic loss.
As grieving families and the injured struggle in the aftermath of the Berkeley balcony collapse, a number of American law firms have already begun considering possible compensation claims down the line.
THE builders of the apartment complex where a balcony collapsed, killing six Irish students, paid $3m to settle a lawsuit last year that claimed problems with dry rot and substandard balconies in another complex.
Almost 24 hours after the news of the horrific accident in Berkeley which has robbed us of six of our young people and turned the lives of others completely upside down, I feel like I am drowning in the media coverage which, in reality, is not saying anything new. Because what is there to say?
Hundreds of students, friends and family united in grief as a special mass was held in St Mary's College, Rathmines, in honour of two past pupils who lost their lives in the Berkeley tragedy.