Provost extends condolences to all affected by Creeslough explosion 

Provost Linda Doyle joined public figures nationally and internationally in expressing condolences to those affected by the Creeslough tragedy

Provost Linda Doyle has expressed condolences following the Creeslough explosion in Donegal last Friday.

In a tweet yesterday evening, Doyle said: “On behalf of the entire Trinity community, I want to send deepest condolences to everyone affected by the dreadful tragedy in #Creeslough.”

“Our thoughts are with you in the midst of this unimaginable heartbreak and trauma,” the tweet continued.

The Creeslough explosion occurred in the Creeslough village in Donegal on October 7 at an Applegreen petrol station. The explosion killed ten people, including a 13 year-old boy and a five year old girl. The incident also left an additional eight people hospitalised.

Hundreds of people across Donegal have attended vigils over the past few days, to remember the victims of the explosion. Numerous vigils have been held across the county.

The ten people who died in Friday’s explosion at the Applegreen Service Station and apartment block were named on Sunday, including two teenagers and a five-year old girl.

On Sunday, An Garda Síochana said its investigation into the cause of the investigation was ongoing.

Provost Linda Doyle’s statement follows that of public figures across the country and the world in recent days.

On Saturday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin offered his sympathies to the community of Creeslough following the “unspeakable tragedy”.

In a tweet on Friday, the Taoiseach said: “My thoughts and prayers are tonight with the entire community of Creeslough following today’s devastating explosion.”

“Thinking too of all the emergency services, from across the north-west and NI working in very traumatic situation.”

The President Michael D Higgins said in a statement on Saturday: “This tragedy is a terrible blow to a community that is closely knit and where every loss and injury will be felt by every member of the community and far beyond.”

“Special tribute must be paid to those members of the local community and emergency services across the island who have reacted so swiftly to the scene of the explosion and who continued to work through the night in what will have been a harrowing experience.”

“All of our best thoughts and prayers go to those who have lost their lives and their families,” the statement concluded. “Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.”

Among those expressing their sympathies internationally over the weekend include King Charles and Pope Benedict.

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris also expressed his sympathies to those affected by the tragedy: “Thinking of everyone in Creeslough, Donegal this evening. The thoughts and prayers of a nation are with you all. Thank you to all those working in our emergency services.”

Funerals for the victims of this explosion are taking place from today.

An Post are also inviting the public to donate to a support fund. Donations are being accepted nationwide in their offices.

Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly is the Editor-in-Chief of the 69th volume Trinity News, and a Senior Sophister student of English Literature and Philosophy. She previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.