Gardaí have named the ten victims of the explosion that devastated the village of Creeslough in Co Donegal on Friday.
Those who died are: James O’Flaherty (48); Jessica Gallagher (24); Martin McGill (49); Catherine O. Donnell (39) and her son James Monaghan (13); Hugh Kelly (59); Martina Martin (49); Robert Garwe (50) and his daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe (5); and Leona Harper (14).
Gardaí said the investigation was being coordinated from an incident room at Milford Garda Station.
The Garda Technical Bureau, with support from other authorities, will continue to investigate the crime scene, which remains cordoned off.
These investigations are expected to continue in the coming days. Traffic diversions on the N56 at the scene of the accident remain in place.
A total of 10 deaths from the deadly blast have been confirmed. The remains of the deceased are held at Letterkenny University Hospital, where, under the direction of Dr. Heidi Okkers, deputy state pathologist, state autopsies have started.
These post-mortems will continue over the next few days.
Gardaí said the results would not be released for operational reasons.
A man in his 20s remains in critical condition at St James Hospital in Dublin. The seven other surviving victims continue to be treated at Letterkenny University Hospital and remain in stable condition.
Local pharmacist Fergus Brennan said Creeslough is a “wonderful community” and that people are now in “complete shock”.
Mr Brennan said people suffer “very great trauma” after this “life-changing” event.
“The story of this tragedy began for us at Brennan’s at around 3.45pm with a frantic phone call from Martin McGill’s mother wanting to trace his whereabouts,” he said.
“Martin was a very regular visitor because he was a carer, an extraordinary young man who liked and loved his parents so much and looked after his parents with such dedication and love,” he told RTÉ In this week.
Mr Brennan added: “As the Community Pharmacy in Creeslough for the last five years we are very privileged to be embedded in the community. We knew all of these people, we are part of the community, our staff and team are local and when this played out for us we were naturally concerned for our own loved ones and family and friends of our staff and team.
“As we try to analyze and make sense of the tragedy, we must remember the lost, those 10 locals in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“We all remember Shauna so well, she’s a lovely energetic little girl and she was one of those kids when they always ask for a lollipop at the pharmacy. I know all those faces and it just shows me the magnitude of this tragedy.
“There is a quiet stillness as I think people are supporting each other at home. The families of the bereaved and injured have such a difficult road ahead of them in the coming weeks.”
Meanwhile, Letterkenny Rugby Club’s Jeremy Worth said Leona Harper, 14, has a “competitive edge and athletic ability”.
“Leona started mini rugby in National School, by the time Leona joined the girls under 14 she had already developed a really good spin pass. It was clear that she was developing into a fantastic young player,” he said.
“Leona was also just a lovely young person and it was a pleasure to be in her company, taken too soon, Leona will be sorely missed by her team-mates, her coaches and the Letterkenny rugby community.
“I don’t think we even understood it, we obviously have teammates of Leona at a very tender age who are going to struggle a lot to deal with.”
The emergency doctor Dr. Gerry Lane praised the “heroic” local community for their prompt response to the incident.
“It was as bad as you would expect when you hear the words ‘major incident explained, several injured and several trapped,'” he said.
“As I approached the scene of the crime I could see the skeleton of a response to a major incident building in front of me, there were already several ambulances, paramedics taking people from the area, aided and abetted by the heroic people in front Location.
“It was an extraordinarily dangerous situation, a number of people had been pulled out and were being treated by the advanced paramedics on site.”
dr Lane said the incident involved “the best people in the worst situations”.
“I can say I know some of the people and one girl has been a special guest at my house on many occasions,” he said.
“The adrenaline rush these people showed, the love they showed for their friends and family, I stood there and was amazed and scared.
“The building was inherently unstable, I saw people in shorts tearing corrugated iron from the roof with their bare hands and throwing it away to get to the people, these heroic people were putting themselves in great danger.”
HSE West senior ambulance officer JJ McGowan said nothing could prepare him for Friday afternoon’s scene. Mr McGowan praised the multi-agency response and the “heroism” displayed.
“When I got to the scene, I went to the hospital first, the skeleton of the grand contingency plan was put up when I got there. All the crews had it set up, so there was a lot of control over it at the time, but in a way it was a manic scene to approach,” he said.
The 10 fatalities included four men, three women, two teenagers (one man and one woman) and a younger female child, Garda said in a statement.
Garda Family Liaison Officers have been appointed for the families and continue to provide support and information.
https://www.independent.ie/news/pictured-gardai-release-details-of-the-ten-victims-of-explosion-in-creeslough-co-donegal-42052141.html Pictured: Gardaí release details of the ten victims of the blast in Creeslough, Co Donegal