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Buncrana pier tragedy anniversary plans released

The first anniversary of the Buncrana pier tragedy will be marked by a mass and a memorial walk in memory of the victims.

In March, Derry woman Louise James was left devastated after she lost her two sons Mark (12) and Evan McGrotty (8), partner Sean McGrotty (49), 14-year-old sister Jodie Lee Daniels and mother Ruth Daniels (57).

Their car had slid from the pier in Buncrana into Lough Swilly.

Baby Rioghnach-Ann was the only survivor of the tragedy after she was pulled from the water by hero Davitt Walsh who swam to their aid on March 20, 2016.

In a statement issued on behalf of their family said the families are "deeply grateful for the prayers and support over the last year".

It said: “As the anniversary of the terrible tragedy approaches they would welcome space for privacy at this time.

"A First Anniversary Mass will be offered in The Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty on Monday, March 20 at 7.15pm.

"A Memorial Walk in memory of all five members of the family will take place on Friday March 24, it will begin at 6pm at Sainsbury’s and will proceed to Ebrington Square.”

Registration for the walk will take place at Sainsbury’s Cafe on the day with a registration fee of £2.50 which will go to the Evan McGrotty Research Fund for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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