Families of tragic fire fighters join forces
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.