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Mayor opens Book of Condolence for Irish students

19 June 2015

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Elisha McCallion opened two Books of Condolence at the Guildhall in Derry and the Council Offices in Strabane following the tragic death earlier this week of five Irish students in Berkeley in the United States.

The Book of Condolences will be open from today, Friday, 19 June at the following venues, Guildhall, Derry, from 10 am to 5pm daily and at the Council offices, Derry Road, Strabane, from 9 am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Book of Condolence for Irish students

Five of the six students were Irish students on summer visas and had been celebrating at a 21st birthday party when the balcony they were standing on collapsed.

Mayor Cllr Elisha McCallion said she felt it was important people in the Derry City and Strabane District were afforded the opportunity to express their sympathies and offer support to the families.

She said Derry and the wider North West region had very close connections to Berkeley in California and talks were ongoing for some time about the possibility of twinning the two cities.

“Derry and the city of Berkeley have very close connections and we have a lot in common. Berkeley, like Derry and the wider North West region, is known throughout the world for its promotion of civil rights and the work it has done to promote equality. We have close links to its university and the two cities have much in common in terms of our history. I think it is important that we show our support and solidarity at this time of great sadness and loss, and would encourage as many people as possible to come and sign the Book of Condolence, “ she said.