Friday 23 February 2018

Local parish priest: ‘This will rock the local community’

Father John Walsh
Father John Walsh
The scene at Buncrana this morning

The local parish priest has said the local Buncrana community is “devastated” and “filled with deep sadness”.

Father John Walsh has been offering up prayers at mass this morning for the victims in Buncrana. In an interview on Morning Ireland, he spoke of the reaction of the local community at Buncrana to the tragic events last night,

“I said to someone yesterday that the whole incident was “just heart rendering”.

“One feels huge pity for the families of those involved. It will rock the community.”

Father Walsh also paid tribute paid tribute to the emergency service who were quick to respond to the scene.

“I was struck with admiration for the coastguard, the gardai and the ambulance service. They dealt with the situation so professionally. They treated the bodies with great reverence and dignity.

When asked what words of comfort, he would offer to the families, Father Walsh said:

“We are in the Easter season and next Sunday we celebrate the resurrection. For believers the resurrectiuon is something that gives us huge hope.”

Buncrana, Co Donegal. Photo: Google maps
Buncrana, Co Donegal. Photo: Google maps

Those wishing to pay their respects will be able to sign a book of condolence in the coming days.

The book will be available to sign in the Guildhall, Derry.

Mayor of Derry, Elisha McCallion, said she will open the book in response to the tragic incident that claimed the lives of five people.

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