Six who died in Berkeley: Young students in their prime

From upper left, clockwise: Eimear Walsh, Olivia Burke, Ashley Donohoe, Lorcán Miller, Eoghan Culligan and Nick Schuster. Photos via Facebook
From upper left, clockwise: Eimear Walsh, Olivia Burke, Ashley Donohoe, Lorcán Miller, Eoghan Culligan and Nick Schuster. Photos via Facebook

By Tracey Taylor and Francesca Paris

The six victims of a balcony collapse, at the Library Gardens apartment building at 2020 Kittredge St. in downtown Berkeley early Tuesday, were all young — five aged 21 and one aged 22 — and in the midst of pursuing college careers.

The students have been identified as Ashley Donohoe, 22, from Rohnert Park; and Olivia Burke, Eimear Walsh, Eoghan Culligan, Nick Schuster and Lorcán Miller, all 21 years old and from Ireland.

Read complete Berkeleyside coverage of the balcony collapse.


The Irish Times released the names of those who were injured in the accident: “The names of the injured Irish students, aged between 20 and 22, have been confirmed as Clodagh Cogley, Hannah Waters, Niall Murray, Sean Fahey, Jack Halpin, Conor Flynn and Aoife Beary.”

The Irish Times reported that Beary was sharing the Berkeley apartment with Walsh and Burke, and that Donohoe was a cousin of Burke. 

The Irish students had only been in Berkeley for a few weeks, said Philip Grant, consul general of Ireland to the Western United States. They had what’s known as J-1 visas and were part of a cultural exchange program that would have seen them working for 9-10 weeks and traveling for 3-4 weeks, Grant said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Eoghan Culligan in FB photo taken in Feb. 2014
Eoghan Culligan in a Facebook photo taken in Feburary 2014. Photo: Eoghan Culligan/Facebook

Eoghan Culligan, 21, was a student at DIT Dublin, according to his Facebook page. He was originally from Rathfarnham, a south-side suburb of Dublin.

Nick Schuster Facebook
Nick Schuster in a photo taken on August 9, 2014. Photo: Nick Schuster/Facebook

Nick Schuster, 21, studied at St. Mary’s College in Rathmines, Dublin, and was originally from Terenure, a suburb of Dublin. Clearly a Golden State Warriors fan, his Facebook cover photo is a picture of Warriors point guard Steph Curry, the league’s MVP.


Elimear Walsh FB
Eimear Walsh, in a photo taken on March 14, 2014. Photo: Eimear Walsh/Facebook

Eimear Walsh, pictured above, was 21.

Ashley Donohoe FB
Ashley Donohoe. Photo: Ashley Donohoe/Facebook

Ashley Donohoe, 22, from Rohnert Park, was a student at Sonoma State University.

Olivia Burke Febryary 2015 FB
Olivia Burke photographed in February 2015. Photo: Olivia Burke/Facebook

Olivia Burke, 21, studied at IADT Dun Laoghaire in Dublin, according to her Facebook page. She is originally from Foxrock, a suburb of Dublin, where today a local church held a service to remember those who died.

Lorcán Miller, pictured on December 15, 2014. Photo: Facebook
Lorcán Miller, pictured on December 15, 2014. Photo: Facebook

Lorcán Miller, 21, was studying medicine at University College Dublin, according to his Facebook page.

This story was updated post publication to include a clarification about the connection between two of the victims.


Related:
Six people killed in Berkeley balcony collapse identified (06.16.15)
Berkeley orders balcony removal after tragedy kills 6 (06.16.15)
Berkeley balcony collapse leaves 6 people dead (06.16.15)

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