Buncrana pier tragedy: Louise’s loss is unimaginable, says Bishop Good

Little Evan McGrotty with his mammy, Louise, at the Walled City Marathon mini race in Guildhall Square last year. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Little Evan McGrotty with his mammy, Louise, at the Walled City Marathon mini race in Guildhall Square last year. Picture Margaret McLaughlin

The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe says the sense of loss being suffered by Louise McGrotty, who lost two of her children, her partner, her mother and her sister in the Buncrana Pier tragedy, is inconceivable.

Bishop Good visited the family home on Monday afternoon, accompanied by the Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown, and the Parish Priest of Holy Family parish, Rev Patrick O’Kane.

“I am profoundly saddened by Sunday evening’s tragedy in Buncrana, which resulted in the loss of so many lives,” he said.

“It is impossible for most of us to comprehend the depth of heartache that the bereaved are experiencing. For Louise, in particular – who has lost two of her children, Mark and Evan; her partner, Sean; her mother, Ruth; and her sister, Jodie-Lee – the sense of loss is inconceivable.

“I pray that she, and the wider Daniels and McGrotty family circles, will experience God’s grace and consolation in the days that lie ahead. I offer my most heartfelt condolences to all who have been bereaved.

“I commend members of the public who did their utmost to prevent the loss of life – and succeeded in saving baby Rioghnach-Ann – on Sunday evening, and those in the rescue services for their professionalism, commitment and compassion in the most difficult of circumstances,” he added.

The family have asked for space and privacy as they come to terms with their loss.