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Berkeley balcony collapse: Families, medics and firefighters gather for 'month's mind'

Almost €400,000 has been raised for the families of students killed or injured in the Berkeley tragedy.

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A MONTH’S MIND vigil for the students killed in the Berkeley tragedy was held in California last night.

Irish students Eimear Walsh, Lorcan Miller, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Olivia Burke and Irish-American citizen Ashley Donohoe died in the balcony collapse on June 16.

Seven other students were injured and five are still being treated in hospitals in San Francisco.

Family members, paramedics, police officers, firefighters and doctors and nurses still treating the injured students all gathered together for the vigil at Berkeley City Hall.

One of the injured, Conor Flynn, attended the ceremony where families thanked those who helped their children on the night of the accident.

‘Need all the support we can give’

Almost €400,000 has been raised for the families of students killed or injured in the Berkeley tragedy.

The Irish J1 Berkeley ­Tragedy Fund was set up by the Irish Immigration ­Pastoral Centre in San Francisco following the balcony collapse.

Students in Dublin are holding a fundraising concert on Thursday to raise funds for the survivors, it’s hoped the money will go towards treatment and the modification of the injured students’ homes.

The concert at the Academy will be hosted by Nicky Byrne and headlined by Mundy and feature other Irish bands including Jape, The Fontaines and the Dublin Gospel Choir.

Tickets cost €25 and can be bought in Ticketmaster. The students hope to raise €40,000 from the night.

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Meanwhile, a tag rugby fun-raiser is being held in Donnybrook Stadium on Saturday to raise funds for Aoife Beary.

The Friends of Aoife Beary Facebook page states, “As many of you know, Aoife Beary was celebrating her 21st birthday in Berkeley when she was tragically injured.

She remains in a critical condition with a serious head injury. Aoife has a long journey ahead of her and she and her family will need all the support we can give them.

The event  starts with tag team registration at 10.30am and is scheduled to run to 6pm. Registration fee is €25 per player and spectators pay €10 each to come along.

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