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Tribute to Bali bomb victim, 10 years on

Friends and family of a Trinity graduate killed in a terrorist bombing in Bali ten years ago today will mark his anniversary by raising a glass in his favourite pubs.

ED Waller was the only person of Irish descent who died in the Islamist attack, which killed 202 people.

The bright young graduate was working as a financial consultant for Lexis Nexis in Hong Kong in 2002.

He was only 26 when he a group of friends went to Bali to compete in a rugby tournament and were caught up in the blast.

Although Ed was born in England to an English dad and Thai mum, Ed's grandparents were from Tipperary and his final resting place was in the family plot in the parish of Cloughprior in the county.

Ed and his brother Tom spent many summers in Rhynskeehan in Drumineer and sailing on Lough Derg.

His father Jocelyn said those were some of the best days of his life and he had made many friends there, including Jennifer Craig.

When Ed moved to Dublin to study history in Trinity College, he stayed with Jennifer's family.

"We became best mates. He was an amazing guy. He was like the glue that kept everyone together."

Miss Craig (37), now living in Terenure, said that ten years on, the loss of Ed is still very emotional.

Ed's many friends in Dublin will remember him tonight in Kehoes off Grafton Street.

"It was one of his many favourite haunts. The last time I saw him was there. I remember waving him goodbye on the corner of South Anne Street.

"He'll remain for ever young in our memory."

hnews@herald.ie


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