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First of the Berkeley injured to return home today

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Sean Fahey is expected to return to Ireland today
Sean Fahey is expected to return to Ireland today

Sean Fahey, one of the young men injured when a balcony collapsed in California last week - killing six students - has been released from hospital, and is expected to travel home later today.

Fahey, from Rathmines in Dublin, will travel home with family. He had been in hospital since the balcony collapsed last Monday night. 

The six other Irish students who remain in hospitals near Berkeley are making good progress - however, they are not expected to travel home for some time yet.

The six who remain in hospital, all aged 21 and from Dublin, are Jack Halpin, Conor Flynn, Niall Murray, Clodagh Cogley, Aoife Beary and Hannah Waters.

Health bulletins can only be released with the consent of the families, and they prefer to keep them private. American law prohibits any medical facility from giving information about patients.

Medical procedures are being carefully followed, particularly in relation to when a recovered person is fit to fly. The doctors have to be satisfied in that respect so no early return home is on the cards for the injured.

It is understood that Conor Flynn is expected to require extensive physiotherapy but is expected to make a full recovery.

Doctors are also believed to be happy with the recovery being made by NUIG student Niall Murray.

Jack Halpin is making progress, though it has been slower than hoped. He is being treated for back injuries and two broken legs and is understood to be in a fair condition in John Muir Hospital.

Clodagh Cogley suffered extensive injuries to her legs and spine. Aoife Beary has undergone extensive surgery and is not expected to be able to return to Ireland for some time.

Hannah Waters remains in Highland Hospital with Aoife.

Meanwhile, three of the victims of last week's balcony tragedy will be laid to rest today.

Eimear Walsh and Eoghan Culligan will be remembered at funeral Masses this morning and they will be buried by their heartbroken families and friends shortly afterwards.

Eimear's funeral Mass will be held at 11am at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock, where parish priest Fr Frank Herron remembered her as playing an active role in the local community.

The UCD medicine student will then be accompanied on her final journey to Shanganagh Cemetery by her heartbroken parents Jim and Patricia, her brother Robert, extended family and friends.

The 21-year-old reposed in Fanagans Funeral Home in Dundrum yesterday afternoon for a number of hours before spending her final night at home.

Eoghan Culligan's parents Marie and Gerry will say their final goodbye to their youngest son in the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham after 11am Mass today. The DIT student, who was extremely close to his older brothers Andrew and Stephen, will be buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery shortly afterwards.

His "loving girlfriend" Sarah is also expected to attend.

The 21-year-old's family have requested for family flowers only at the funeral and have asked instead that donations be made to the Fr Peter McVerry Trust or the Nepal Disaster Fund if desired.

Via independent.ie