Like many of you I have met and talked to so many people who either knew, or had connections with those who died so tragically in the accident at Berkeley, Califonia, yesterday (Tuesday 16th June). My own nephews knew at least two of the deceased personally. Many of us have known the excitement of travelling on a J1 Visa - exploring a new and exciting world, for the first time for many.
Below is a moving tribute posted on the Ballyboden St. Enda's Website, to one of those, Eoghan Culligan, who died so tragically. I know that my own thoughts and yours are with the families of Eoghan and the other bright young people whose lives were cut short so shockingly on Tuesday.
"It is with great regret and sadness that we inform you that Ballyboden St Enda's member Eoghan Culligan was one of the six people who tragically lost their lives in Berkeley, California earlier today (16th June 2015).
Eoghan has been a member of Ballyboden St Enda's since childhood and was part of the Minor A Championship team that were beaten by Castleknock GAA in the county final of 2011. He continued to play football with both the Intermediate and Junior teams. Eoghan was very popular with his team mates and this tragic news is keenly felt by all members of our Club, but especially by those players and mentors who knew him well.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his parents Gerry & Marie and to his brothers Stephen & Andrew and to all the extended Culligan family.
May we take this opportunity of extending our sympathies to all the families of Eoghan's friends who also lost their lives in this terrible tragedy and to wish those who are injured eventual recovery to full health.
Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam uasal dílis"