Buncrana tragedy: Dozens of floral tributes left at pier

Scores of floral tributes, teddy bears and ornaments have been left at Buncrana pier in memory of all those who tragically died on Sunday.

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 5:07 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 6:07 pm
Some of the many floral tributes left at Buncrana pier in memory of the five people who died on Sunday.

Numerous people from across the communities of Inishowen, Derry and further afield have been coming and going from the pier, many in sombre silence, to lay the tributes.

They continued to arrive from early on Tuesday morning as the communities were still trying to come to terms with the devastation of what has happened.

Some of the beauiful tributes were accompanied by hand written notes of sympathy and condolences to the McGrotty and Daniels families, with many appearing to be written by children.

The outpouring of grief is also expressed in the numbers signing the books of condolence in Derry and Buncrana.

Additionally, more than £30,000 has already been raised through joint fundraising efforts in Buncrana and Derry.

Meanwhile, the Health Service Executive is liaising with local services to support the Buncrana community at this time.

Anyone who has been directly affected by this tragedy is advised to speak with their GP who will arrange onward referral to the appropriate service where relevant. Additionally the HSE Psychology and Bereavement Counselling Services accept self referrals and may be contacted at (00353) 74910464. The Jigsaw Service provides services to any young person between 15 and 25 years and can be contacted at (00353) 749726920. See https://www.headstrong.ie/jigsaw/jigsaw-centres-across-ireland/donegal/