Belfast Telegraph

Prayer vigil for Travellers killed in halting site blaze

By Brian Hutton

Hundreds of people last night held a vigil in memory of the 10 people killed in a fire in Dublin.

Fr Derek Farrell, of the Parish of the Travelling People, led a prayer meeting for the community following the fire at the halting site early on Saturday morning.

He said it was important to see the public "sharing in the sense of solidarity and expressing support for the Lynch, Connors and Gilbert families".

Present at the vigil were Bridget (20) and Ann (23) Cawley from Tallaght, who are cousins of those who died. They said they were still in shock over the deaths of their relatives.

Actor Michael Collins (49), who has appeared in King of the Travellers and Glenroe, was also present. He said: "It was a tragedy to happen to any community. It's great to see the Traveller and the settled people out supporting each other."

The vigil was held after Taoiseach Enda Kenny called for an end to a residents' blockade against Travellers who survived the blaze.

As a stand-off remained over the plans to house the Travellers near Carrickmines, Dublin, council chiefs attempted to ease residents' concerns.

One acre of ground had been earmarked to rehouse the Travellers for what housing officials said would be 14 months at most.

The 11 adults and four children, including three toddlers, were left homeless after a blaze destroyed the halting site nearby in Glenamuck.

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