Books of condolence open for dead Irish students

Around 20 relations of the victims of the Berkeley tragedy are arriving in San Francisco today. American flag Six students were killed when a fourth floor balcony collapsed, and seven more were injured. The Irish consulate in San Francisco is providing assistance to the survivors of the accident, to students who are affected and to the bereaved. An incident centre’s been set up in Berkeley to provide grief counselling and practical help. Books of condolence have opened across the country for the six Irish students who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse. Books have also been opened at Kerry County Council’s Offices in Tralee and the Listowel Municipal District Offices. Washington correspondant with the Irish Times, Simon Carswell, says seven of the casualties are receiving medical treatment: [audio_player src=””] JimmyDeenihan The Minister for the Diaspora says the grand nephew of the late John B Keane who died in the Berkeley tragedy was a very positive person. Niccolai Schuster from Dublin, lost his life along with five others after a balcony collapsed while they were attending a 21st birthday party in the Californian city. It has also emerged that one of those seriously injured in the accident, Aoife Beary, is the daughter of Listowel native Mike Beary. Niccolai visited his Listowel cousins on a number of occasions, and his father John attended Writers’ Week in Listowel just two weeks ago. Minister Jimmy Deenihan has paid tribute to Niccolai and is praying for Aoife Beary’s full recovery: [audio_player src=””] The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has requested Jimmy Deenihan travel to Berkeley to offer his support on the ground. The Minister will leave in the morning: [audio_player src=””]