Monday 18 December 2017

Hundreds sign Dublin book of condolences

Hannah Popham

HUNDREDS of Irish people and tourists have signed a book of condolences for victims of the rail crash in Santiago de Compostela.

The book, which was opened by St Andrew's Church on Westland Row in Dublin, has been signed by Spaniards, Norwegians, Israelis and Irish from around the country.

A Spanish family from Madrid, who are on holidays in Dublin as their children are studying here, visited the church to sign the book. "It's a horrible tragedy, a terrible shame," said Rocio Moreno (43).

An Irish woman who has a daughter living in Galicia travelled from Kildare to sign the book. Avril Escario, (64) said: "I did the Camino three years ago. I have taken that train and am very familiar with the area. I have a lot of affiliation for Spain and the families involved."

Parish priest Fr Paddy Moran said: "The book gives Spanish tourists, students and Spanish people working in Ireland the opportunity to personalise their sense of loss in the sense that when they are far from home they do not know what to do when something like this happens."

Other locals stopped to sign the book on their way to work, including Andrew Moore (40), who said: "Many of my friends are from Galicia. I'm very hurt by what has happened."

The book of condolences will be left outside St Andrews Church today from 10am to 7pm and will eventually be given to the Spanish Embassy.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was not aware of any Irish victims being involved in the train crash.

Irish Independent

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