Month's Mind Mass for pier tragedy victims

The Month's Mind Mass for the five victims of the Buncrana Pier tragedy will take place tomorrow night in Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty. The Mass to remember, Sean, Mark and Evan McGrotty, Ruth Daniels and Jodie Lee Tracey will take place at 7.15pm and all are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, 19th April 2016, 8:00 am
The five members of the McGrotty and Daniels family who lost their live at Buncrana Pier Jodie-Lee Daniels (14) ,top left, Mark (12) and Evan McGrotty (8), right and Ruth Daniels, bottom left and Sean Mcgrotty, centre.

Sean McGrotty and his two sons, Mark and Evan, together with the boys’ grandmother, Ruth and aunt Jodie Lee, died on the evening of Sunday, March 20th when their vehicle slipped off the edge of Buncrana pier. Miraculously, Mark and Evan’s 14 month old baby sister, Rioghnach-Ann was rescued as the vehicle sank and plucked from the water to safety by bystander, Davitt Walsh. Mr Walsh later revealed how Sean McGrotty had handed his infant daughter to him saying: “Save the baby”.

The tragedy stunned the people of Derry and Buncrana and sympathy was expressed from across Ireland to Sean’s partner, Louise James who lost five members of her family and her extended family.