Six students have being reported dead after a fourth-floor balcony collapsed during a birthday party.
The three men and three women are: Ashley Donohoe,
22, Olivia Burke, 21, Eoghan Culligan, 21, Niccolai Schuster, 21, Lorcan Miller, 21, and Eimear Walsh, 21. Five of them were from Ireland, while Ms Donohoe was believed to be from Rohnert Park, California.Some were from south Dublin and students at the city’s University College Dublin. They had gone to Berkeley, California, to start a dream trip on popular summer working holiday visas.
The consul general with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in the region Philip Grant said,
“To have this happen at the start of this season is
something that has left us all frozen in shock and
disbelief,” he also said.
“We are a very close, tight-knit group. Ireland is a
small country and when you have the numbers that we
had here today, very few of us have been left
untouched by this tragedy.”
The Ireland national flag has been lowered to half-mast on all public buildings in Ireland.
Seven other people were injured as a result of the collapse.