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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Berkeley tragedy survivor Aoife Beary back home as victims remembered

Injured student Aoife Beary
Injured student Aoife Beary
From left: UCD students Danielle Curtis, Patrick Shortt, Claire O’Connor, Marcus O’Halloran and Hazel Beattie, unveiling a bench in UCD, in memory of those killed in the Berkeley tragedy

Berkeley tragedy victim Aoife Beary has returned home to continue her recovery.

Aoife – whose 21st birthday was being celebrated when the accident occurred – has been discharged from hospital in Santa Clara, San Francisco.

The Blackrock student suffered serious head injuries and will now receive treatment at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. She is the fifth to return home – Hannah Waters and Niall Murray are undergoing treatment at the same hospital.

Meanwhile, the six victims who lost their lives in the horrific accident were remembered by fellow students yesterday at a commemorative service in University College Dublin.

Niccolai Schuster, Eimear Walsh and Lorcan Miller were all students at UCD.

Three bound copies of the university’s online book of condolence were presented to their families and a commemorative bench was unveiled in the university’s Rose Garden.

“This garden is permanently open and you are most welcome to visit, contemplate and to remember your friends and your loved ones,” UCD president, Professor Andrew Deeks said.

“The first week of the new semester we know will be difficult for many of you who must return to class without your friends.

“Without forgetting them, you all must move on with your own lives.”

Kevin O’Malley, the US Ambassador to Ireland, also spoke at the ceremony.

“Those six names, that date, we’ll remember and we’ll celebrate the triumph that was and we also acknowledge the tragedy of what will never be,” Mr O’Malley said.

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