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Monday 5 December 2016

TV3 boss thanks 'wonderful' colleagues for Berkeley fundraiser

Clodagh Cogley, who was injured in the Berkeley collapse
Clodagh Cogley, who was injured in the Berkeley collapse

The father of Berkeley balcony collapse survivor Clodagh Cogley last night thanked his colleagues in TV3 for organising a special fundraiser.

Niall Cogley, group director of broadcasting at the television company, said staff members had been "wonderful" in organising an entertainment event last night at the The Green Isle Hotel in Dublin. The event will help pay for the ongoing care of badly injured Dublin student Clodagh (21).

"It was a lovely gesture for everyone at TV3 to do. My colleagues in TV3 have been wonderful and very kind.

"It was very generous of them to organise this event so well," he said.

The event featured comedy and music acts, including Kings of Leon tribute band Knights of Leon and comedian and impressionist Al Foran.

"The wider community have also been wonderful since it happened," Mr Cogley added.

"We're hoping that Clodagh can get her life back to normal as much as she can and as soon as she can."

The event also raised funds for another TV3 colleague whose young son, Hagan Nolan, has a rare condition called Cystinosis.

The 16-month-old's parents Gavin Nolan and mum Donna Kavanagh, said they were delighted by the great support for the event.

"The funds raised tonight will be spent on research into cystinosis, which is a very rare disease that attacks the organs of patients," said Donna, broadcasting coordinator at TV3.

"Nine children and five young adults have the disease in Ireland. We are determined that a cure will be found for this disease," she said.

Comedian Alan Foran (24) said he shared the nation's sadness at the Berkeley balcony tragedy.

"I had worked on a J1-Visa myself in Chicago in 2013 and I really felt for all the Irish students in the US during the summer following the tragedy," he said

Six college students died in the horror balcony collapse that happened in Berkeley, during a 21st birthday party on June 16.

Balcony

Dublin students Eimear Walsh, Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Lorcan Miller, Niccolai Schuster (all 21) and Irish-American citizen Ashley Donohoe (22) lost their lives when the fourth floor balcony collapsed.

In addition, Clodagh, along with Aoife Beary, Hannah Waters, Sean Fahey, Jack Halpin and Niall Murray (all 21), and Conor Flynn (22), were injured in the horrific incident.

Clodagh suffered a broken spinal cord, meaning she may never walk again, and other injuries.

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