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Stardust relatives fear fate of memorial park

Relatives of victims of the Stardust blaze fear that the park built in memory of their loved ones is falling into disrepair.

It comes as, a mass will be held this weekend for the 48 young people who never came home after attending the disco in Artane on Valentine's Day in 1981.

A floral tribute will then be laid in the park - which has a fountain with water pumped through 48 jets - after the mass.

Antoinette Keegan, who lost two sisters Mary (19) and Martina (16), in the fire told the Herald that the families want the park maintained thoroughly all year round, in honour of those who died.

"The fountain is never on. It is put on the day of the anniversary and left on for a couple of weeks, and then is off again," she said.

The pain for the relatives continues 34 years after the tragedy.

"A mass will be held on Sunday 15th in St Joseph's Church, Greencastle road at 12.30pm. The floral bouquet will be laid in the memorial park then after the mass," said Antoinette.


Independent TD Terence Flanagan said that local residents who are concerned about the condition of the park, have contacted him.

"Unfortunately there seems to be an element of dumping going on within the park," he said.

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council said that, "There have been some technical issues with regard to the power source for the pumping system associated with the fountain at the Stardust Park Memorial."

These were being addressed by parks and landscape services, and it was proposed that the feature will be working for the anniversary event.