Belfast Telegraph

Balcony fall victims are remembered

By Aoife Moore

A memorial plaque has been unveiled in California to commemorate the Irish students who died after a balcony collapsed there three years ago.

Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Lorcan Miller, Niccolai Schuster, Eimear Walsh and Ashley Donohoe died when the balcony gave way in the early hours of June 16, 2015.

Five of the students were from Dublin visiting the US on the J-1 visa scheme while another, a cousin of one of the victims, was from America.

The plaque, including their names and a quote from James Joyce, was unveiled near where the tragedy happened in Berkeley.

A ceremony was held on Saturday to remember them, attended by the victims' families and Ireland's ambassador to the USA, Dan Mulhall.

Speaking at the event, he said: "The Berkeley balcony collapse of June 2015 was a terrible tragedy and one which had an enormous effect on Ireland."

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