Buncrana tragedy has touched entire country
Some tragedies seem too stark for words. The sorrow evinced by the harrowing events at Lough Swilly has touched the hearts of the whole country.
Affixing expression to such loss appears futile, but the lines of the poet Robert Herrick come some way to capture the sense of grief: "The eye by tears speak, while the tongue is mute."
The shock has been compounded by the suddenness, and the senselessness, of such a catastrophic end to a Sunday drive. The thoughts and prayers of the country will be with the surviving relatives of Sean McGrotty (49), his two young sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels (59), and Ms Daniels's daughter Jodie-Lee Daniels, who was 14.