Monday 24 October 2016

Berkeley tragedy: Friends and family gather to say goodbye


Friends of Eoghan Culligan outside Fanagans Funeral Home, Dundrum, Dublin.
Friends of Eoghan Culligan outside Fanagans Funeral Home, Dundrum, Dublin.

Scores of friends, family and former classmates gathered outside a funeral home for the removal of Eoghan Culligan - one of the six Irish students who tragically died in Berkeley last week.

Stone faced mourners comforted one another outside Fanagan's funeral home yesterday evening as the former St Mary's student was laid out ahead of his funeral tomorrow.

His remains, and those of Lorcan Miller, Eimear Walsh, and Nick Schuster, were all brought back to Dublin yesterday on board an Aer Lingus flight.


The coffin carrying the fifth Irish student, Olivia Burke, is expected to arrive at Dublin airport today following the weekend joint service with her cousin, Ashley Donohoe, in California.

Eoghan Culligan will be waked again tonight at the Dundrum funeral home, before his funeral which will take place at the Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham at 11am tomorrow, followed by burial at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Harold's Cross.

Meanwhile, fellow St Mary's past pupil Niccolai Schuster (21) will be reposed at his home this evening from 5pm until 8pm which will be a family-only gathering.

His funeral is due to take place on Wednesday morning at the Church of Three Patrons, Rathgar, at 11am, before being removed to the Crematorium at Mount Jerome in Harold's Cross. He is survived by his parents John and Graziella, and his brother, Alexei.

The funeral of Eimear Walsh (21) will take place tomorrow morning at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock at 11am, followed by the burial at Shanganagh Cemetery. Her remains will be reposed at Fanagans Funeral Home from 2pm to 5pm this afternoon.

Fr Frank Herron last week paid tribute to Eimear, who was involved in the youth club at the parish for several years.

"She was very outgoing, very full of life, had a sparkle and loads of friends," Fr Herron said.

"She was very intelligent, she was a lovely, lovely person and had everything to look forward to and had so much to offer," he added.

The funeral of Olivia Burke (21), who was also from the Foxrock parish, will take place on Wednesday morning.

It will also be held at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour at 11am.

The service will be followed by the burial at Deansgrange cemetery.


The plans for the funeral of UCD medical student Lorcan Miller are still being finalised, while Irish-American student Ashley Donohoe was laid to rest at St Joseph Catholic Church in Cotati, California on Saturday.

The Aer Lingus plane from San Fransisco carrying the remains of four of the students touched down in Dublin airport yesterday morning, shortly after 11am.

The hearses carrying the remains of Eoghan, Lorcán and Eimear left the airport together, with Nick's family remaining behind for a short period with his coffin before they left the airport.

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