Belfast Telegraph

Grieving mourners gather for Eoghan's wake

By Sam Griffin

Devastated family, friends, classmates and well-wishers turned out in massive numbers to mourn at the wake of Eoghan Culligan in Dublin last night.

Gardai were in attendance and blocked off some of the streets near Fanagan's Funeral Home in Dundrum to prevent congestion as huge crowds paid tribute to the student from Rathfarnham.

The wake was the first to be held in Ireland ahead of five funerals which will take place in the middle of this week.

Funeral ceremonies have already been held for Irish-American Ashley Donohoe (22) and her cousin Oliva Burke (21), from Foxrock, whose Irish funeral will take place on Wednesday.

There were emotional scenes last night as those who knew Eoghan (21) gathered and comforted his grieving parents, Marie and Gerry, and his brothers, Andrew and Stephen.

In the days since his death, tributes have flooded in for the "popular and friendly" 21-year-old, including many from his beloved Ballyboden GAA club as well as from former classmates and staff at Dublin Institute of Technology.

A special memorial service was held in the college last Wednesday where Eoghan and the other victims were recalled.

Afterwards, Eoghan's classmate, Louise O'Connor, said he had touched many lives and was universally liked in the college.

"He was a great guy," she added. "Really laid-back but with a great sense of humour and always made me feel at ease."

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