Monday 20 August 2018

Firefighters remembered 10 years on from blaze tragedy

Family members, including Brian Murray’s daughter Fiona also attended. Photo: Tony Gavin
Family members, including Brian Murray’s daughter Fiona also attended. Photo: Tony Gavin
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

Family and colleagues came together to remember two fallen firefighters 10 years on from the tragedy that claimed their lives.

Yesterday they gathered at Bray Fire Station to remember sub officer Brian Murray (46) and firefighter Mark O'Shaughnessy (25), who died in the line of duty as they fought a blaze in a disused factory in the town on September 26, 2007.

Members of the Murray and O'Shaughnessy families, including Brian's widow Mary, attended the sombre event as did firefighters from around the county and farther afield.

Wicklow chief fire officer Aidan Dempsey said: "It is hoped that today's ceremony will bring comfort and support to the families and the colleagues of Brian and Mark.

"They are not forgotten, they hold a cherished place in the memories of their comrades and an honoured place in the memory of this county and our country," he added.

Local Sinn Féin TD John Brady laid a wreath in honour of the two men along with Martin Lyons, a driver-mechanic based at Bray Fire Station, who was a member of the same crew as Brian and Mark.

Fire officers stand to attention in memory of colleagues Mark O’Shaughnessy and Brian Murray, who died 10 years ago. Photo: Tony Gavin
Fire officers stand to attention in memory of colleagues Mark O’Shaughnessy and Brian Murray, who died 10 years ago. Photo: Tony Gavin

"It brings back so many memories. It certainly doesn't feel like it's been 10 years," said Mr Brady.

"Today is a reminder of the risks all the emergency services put themselves in every day as they serve their communities," he added.

Among the firefighters who lined out in the yard of Bray Fire Station was Brian Murray Junior, who followed in his father's footsteps and is a firefighter. Following the laying of the wreaths, a minute's silence was held and 'The Last Post' was played by the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band.

Mark O’Shaughnessy (left) and Brian Murray
Mark O’Shaughnessy (left) and Brian Murray

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