Sunday 23 October 2016

'Lorcán was a gentleman' says friend in moving tribute to UCD Berkeley victim

Katie Wolahan with Lorcan Miller
Katie Wolahan with Lorcan Miller

In a loving tribute to Berkeley balcony victim Lorcán Miller, one of his best friends said the young Irish man brought “immeasurable happiness and joy to so many”.

Among five Irish students tragically killed in California on Monday night when the fourth floor balcony they were on collapsed, the UCD medical student was described “as nothing short of a gentleman” by friend Katie Wolahan.

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“I lost one of my oldest and best friends in the accident in Berkeley the other day… [Lorcán] will be in my heart always,” she said.

“[He] had so much more to give, but his achievements in life far exceeded the time he had.

“He brought immeasurable happiness and joy to me and so many others, something I am eternally grateful for.”

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In an emotional post about her friend, Ms Wolahan said she had lost one of her “oldest and best friends”.

“We used to walk down by Shankill beach and pass two huge seafront houses. He was going to buy one, I was going to buy the other, and our kids would grow up as best friends,” she wrote.

“We’d spend hours on the beach talking, [but] I’m struggling to remember what exactly we talked about for hours on end.

“It all seems so trivial now, and I can’t help wondering if I told him enough how much he meant to me.”

Offering her support and prays to the families of the victims and injured, Ms Wolahan, who is currently traveling in South East Asia, said she was struggling with “every emotion” as she tried to come to terms with the loss of her friend.

“Sadness, grief, loss, anger, bitterness, frustration, hysteria, calmness, and back to sadness.

“With so many friends and family of the deceased scattered all over the world, I can only imagine the loneliness and helplessness people feel,” she said.

“To all those who are grieving for the six young people, I am so so sorry for your pain.

“To the families and friends of those injured, I am constantly praying and wishing for their full recovery.

“Everyone is in this together, and it seems as though every person in Ireland is shocked and saddened by the loss of six beautiful, bright people.”

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