Belfast Telegraph

Mourners told of tragic balcony victim's final message to his siblings

By Brian Hutton

The last of the Berkeley balcony collapse victims to be laid to rest sent a postcard to his little brother and two young sisters days before the tragedy, telling them how much he loved and missed them.

Popular medical undergraduate Lorcan Miller (21) was remembered at his funeral as an incredibly positive and outgoing student who loved life, adored his family and who was idolised by them.

In a heart-wrenching reflection, his grief-stricken father Ken said a postcard from his eldest boy arrived in the post on Tuesday, addressed to his much younger siblings Jamie, Lucy and Poppy.

Next to the message he doodled a little matchstick portrait of himself in his new work uniform.

In it, he wrote: "Hi guys, I just want to send you a postcard to show you where I am working this summer. Bubba Gumps is a restaurant based on the film Forrest Gump, you should watch it with mum and dad.

"All the food and drinks have really funny names and are based on the characters of the film. Best of all they have lots of prawns, although Americans call them shrimp. As part of my job I have to talk to customers and I always tell them about my amazing brother and sisters and how much I miss them. I'll see you soon, lots and lots and lots of love as always, Lorcan."

The postcard was "signed off with 12 kisses", his father told hundreds of mourners, who filled up and spilled out onto the grounds of Rathmichael Parish Church on the outskirts of the Irish capital.

Members of the University College Dublin - where he was studying - and Bray hockey clubs formed a guard of honour as his remains arrived for the poignant service, which had to be broadcast on speakers outside for the overspill.

Mr Miller said he and his wife Sinead have been humbled by the support they have been offered since they learned of the death of their son.

They praised the strength of the other students who were in the US on a J1 working visa for the summer "as they also grieve for their six friends and continue to worry about those still in hospital".

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