Fr Aidan McAleenan explained why it was only appropriate for Saint Columba’s church in Oakland to host a vigil for four of the J1 students who died in the Berkeley balcony tragedy. “St Columba is an Irish saint, I guess we could take care of our own,” he said.
Following the vigil, the remains of Lorcán Miller, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, and Eimear Walsh will be flown home today.
A joint funeral will take place in a town north of San Francisco for American native Ashley Donohue and her Irish cousin Olivia Burke early today.
Afterwards, Olivia’s remains will also be flown home this evening alongside her four friends.
At a memorial service in UCD, where three of the victims studied, college President Andrew Deeks recalled how the news had broken on Bloomsday.
He concluded the service by quoting from Joyce’s ‘Finnegans Wake’. “They lived and laughed and loved and left,” he said. “We will not forget them.”