Funeral of five people drowned in Buncrana will take place this afternoon

Church candlesThe funeral of the five people who tragically drowned in Buncrana will take place this afternoon. Their car entered the water at Buncrana Pier after slipping on Algae. Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin speaking after meeting the families struck by the Buncrana tragedy. It’s here at the Holy Family Church in Ballymagroarty that five members of one family will have their funeral mass this afternoon. In the car were Sean McGrotty, his children 12 year old Mark and 8 year old Evan, along with their grandmother Ruth Daniels and her daughter Jodi-Lee Daniels. The youngest member of the family, 4 month old Rionaghac-Ann McGrotty, was saved thanks to the bravery of her father and Davitt Walsh who swam out to help them. A book of condolence has been open in the church for the past few days. Parish Priest Fr Paddy O’Kane will preside over the funerals this afternoon. He said he intends to praise the bravery of Sean McGrotty and Davitt Walsh He says that their acts in saving the 4 month old baby, provide some sliver of hope in this tragic tale. An online campaign has been started to see Davitt Walsh nominated for a special presidential award for his bravery. Fr O’Kane says this is a particularly tough day for Lousie McGrotty, who lost her mother, sister, husband and two sons in the tragedy. Members of the public have also opened crowd funding pages for Louise McGrotty. So far more than 65 thousand euro has been raised. Those behind it say they know it won’t bring back the five family members, but that the last thing they should have to worry about is money. The family will be buried together after a funeral mass this afternoon.