Sunday 17 December 2017

We knew boy who died

Dundalk man Jeffrey McArdle.
Dundalk man Jeffrey McArdle.

Boston is a city in shock, a city in mourning, according to Dundalk man Jeffrey McArdle, who moved there 15 years ago. A week after the bombing at the city's marathon, Bostonians are coming to terms with the act of terror which has sent shockwaves around the world.

'It's like 9/11 all over again. The Boston marathon is one of the biggest days of the year here – and the race itself is even bigger than the New York marathon,' explained Jeffrey, who is originally from the Carrick Road. 'It was also Patriots Day, a state holiday which is celebrated here in Massachusetts, so there were lots of people watching.'

Jeffrey, who has his own construction company, was working away from the city centre when the bombs exploded near the marathon finishing line while his wife was working downtown.

'The city was shut down and there was no mobile service so I wasn't able to ring anyone,' he said, adding that he was trying to contact friends who were watching the race.'

Poignantly, Jeffrey knows the family of eight-year-old Martin Richard from Dorchester who died in the bombing. 'My wife used to bring the boys to the same running club that he went to every Monday night. He was a lovely kid, always smiling and laughing.'

'Boston is like Dundalk. In the small area where we live, it's full of Dundalk people. We all meet up and go out together.'

The Argus

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