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Saturday 3 December 2016

'Exceptionally likeable and very hard-working' - former school of Berkeley balcony victim Lorcán Miller pays tribute

Lorcan Miller
Lorcan Miller

ONE of the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse tragedy has been recalled as an “exceptionally likeable, very hard-working and academically gifted” student by his Dublin secondary school.

Lorcán Miller (21) attended St Andrew’s College, Booterstown from 2006 to 2012 and served as Head Boy in his final year.

In a statement posted on its website this morning, the school said it wanted to express its sincerest sympathies to the families of those who had died.

The school said Lorcán was an enthusiastic sports person and also exceled in dramatic productions and was a valued member of the college choir.

“His teachers have fond memories of him and recall him as someone who was exceptionally likeable, very hard-working and academically gifted with an excellent command of Irish and French. He took part in all aspects of school life, academic and sporting. He was a talented hockey player and athlete,” the tribute reads.

“He was an enthusiastic participant in MUN conferences and was also a valued member of the Senior Choir. He enjoyed performing on stage in various College productions and his performance as Alfred Dolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’ is remembered with affection. His popularity and dedication to the College were reflected in his election as Deputy Head Boy, in which role he contributed enormously to the well-being of the pupils and the College.”

St Andrew’s also paid tribute to Lorcan’s academic abilities and his generous nature. The statement said he regularly returned to the college and was a support to many young students.

“Lorcán’s excellent Leaving Certificate results earned him an Entrance Scholarship to UCD where he was studying medicine. His many friends have spoken of how, given his qualities of intelligence, warmth and dedication, a career as a talented and caring doctor seemed a certainty.

“His generosity of spirit was evident in the fact that he maintained his links with St Andrew’s by returning regularly to help pupils in their preparations for HPAT assessments. In this, as in all areas, Lorcán gave without counting the cost and his contribution to the College is a debt we can acknowledge but never repay.”

The statement concluded: “We join in the grief of all those who have lost a family member in this tragic event. To Lorcán’s mother, Sinead, and father, Ken, his siblings, Jamie, Lucy and Poppy and his extended family, we offer our heartfelt prayers.”

The school also ties with some of the others killed in the tragedy. Olivia Burke, from Foxrock in south Dublin, is a niece of a St Andrew’s board member and a cousin of Ashley Donohue, who also died in the incident.

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