Fam­i­lies of tragic fire fight­ers join forces

Bray People - - News Focus -

THE FAM­I­LIES of de­ceased fire­men across Ire­land have made a show of unity, with a meet­ing hav­ing been ar­ranged be­tween the fam­ily mem­bers of the late Joe McCloskey who died in Derry in 2003 and those of Bray’s tragic he­roes Brian Mur­ray and Mark O’Shaugh­nessy.

Joe died as he fought a fire in a store room at the Gor­teen House Ho­tel in Lim­vady Co. Derry in Novem­ber 2003, just four years be­fore Mark and Brian per­ished in a fire at Ade­laide Vil­las.

Cllr. Paddy Butcher from Li­mavady, who is Joe’s brother-in-law, com­mu­ni­cated with Bray’s Cllr. John Brady to ar­range a meet­ing last Satur­day in the Es­planade.

‘The meet­ing was very sig­nif­i­cant,’ said Cllr. Brady, adding that the fam­ily mem­bers of the three fire­men have been looking for an­swers to the many ques­tions they have re­lat­ing to the poli­cies within the fire ser­vice in Ire­land.

Eight mem­bers of the McCloskey fam­ily trav­elled from Co. Derry to Bray to at­tend the meet­ing. They in­cluded Joe’s wife Marie and their four chil­dren as well as Cllr. Butcher.

‘This was a very emo­tional meet­ing,’ said Cllr. Brady. ‘It was about bring­ing to­gether the fam­i­lies to share sto­ries about their loved ones, to share in­for­ma­tion about the cam­paigns to date and to unite in their grief.’

He said that there are a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the two tragedies. ‘Every­one present at the meet­ing was in agree­ment that no other fire­man’s fam­ily or mem­bers of the pub­lic should have to ex­pe­ri­ence what they have gone through,’ he said.

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