What was a scene of a joyful graduation celebration just weeks ago was last night the setting for heartbreak as hundreds gathered in Loretto Foxrock to pay their respects their friends who tragically lost their lives in the US.
Up to 800 mourners flocked to the school assembly hall, making their way down the same corridors tragic past pupils Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke (both 21) used to travel down.
Aoife Beary (21), who is fighting for her life following the 40ft balcony fall, also went to the school.
Speaking at the heart-wrenching service, Foxrock parish priest Father Frank Herron remembered the graduation service he had celebrated in the hall just weeks earlier.
"That was a happy occasion," he said. "We were all here together in this very same room. We were surrounded with joy, laughter and music.
"Today there will be none, but one thing remains the same, and that is that we are here together."
Fr Herron told those gathered while it is has been an extremely difficult time, they can get through the tragedy together.
"That is what this is, an accident and a tragedy. Nobody is to blame; accidents happen. We will move through this," he said.
The priest said the night before there had been "a spontaneous gathering of people" in Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church in Foxrock, with people there at 1.30am.
"We decided that we would open the church not expecting to get many people. What happened next was extraordinary," he said.
"People started coming, some on foot, some in cars. They lit candles and prayed. There were a few musicians. I have never been as proud of a parish. That is what a parish is. That is what a community is."
The church remained open throughout yesterday, and Dublin GAA star Jack McCaffrey, who was on the same college course as Ms Walsh in UCD, was among those who signed the Book of Condolences.
Thousands have also signed Books of Condolences which have opened in Dublin's Mansion House, St Patrick's Cathedral, and in Galway and Cork.
University College Dublin - where the majority of the students attended - also opened an online book.
Elsewhere a special service which will be attended by the country's TDs and senators is being being organised as a tribute to the Berkeley victims.
The service, to be held early next wek, will be open to members of the public.
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.
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.