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Buncrana pier tragedy: Louise James and hero Davitt Walsh to run Belfast marathon for charity

By Claire Williamson

A mother who lost five members of her family in the Buncrana pier tragedy is set to take on the Belfast marathon, along with the man who saved her baby daughter, to help raise money for charity.

Sean McGrotty, 46, died along with his two sons Mark, 12, and Evan, eight, their grandmother Ruth Daniels, 57, and her 14-year-old daughter Jodie Lee Daniels when their SUV sank after sliding off a slipway last month.

Davitt Walsh (28) was praised after jumping into Lough Swilly, swimming out to the sinking car and saving four-month-old Rioghnach-Ann McGrotty after she was passed to him.

Her mother Louise has said the baby is her only reason to go on living, having lost her partner, two sons, her mother and sister.

Davitt was pictured cradling the baby in his arms and has said he is looking forward to being part of the little girl's life as she grows up.

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Now, Louise and Davitt Walsh will run part of the Belfast marathon alongside over 130 friends and members of the McGrotty and Daniels families in memory of the Buncrana victims.

They hope to raise money as part of #TeamEvan for the the Muscular Dystrophy Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund, a condition which the late eight-year-old suffered from.

It was inspired by Evan's best friend Tom McCallion who asked his dad if he would run the Belfast marathon for Evan so that he could run part of it too.

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