Irish couple say it is “too soon” to attend memorial concert for Paris victims

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Katie and David
Katie and David

An Irish couple who survived the terror attack at the Bataclan theatre in Paris three months ago have said it is “too soon” to attend a memorial concert on Tuesday.

David Nolan from County Cork and girlfriend Katie Healy, from County Louth, were watching the American band  Eagles of Death Metal when gunmen burst in and killed 89 people.

The band have invited all the survivors of the massacre to the poignant gig.

But Katie has said they cannot be there: “When I first heard that they were going to come back at some point, I thought that that would be great closure for everybody who was at the concert who is fit to go back.

“But that is not going to happen for us anyway, and a few other people feel it is too soon too so they won’t be going back.”

Mr Nolan, a 32-year-old quantity surveyor, suffered a gunshot wound to his foot and is still undergoing medical treatment to help him walk again.

"David threw his body over me to protect me, there is no doubt he saved my life that night by his actions," Ms Healy told Sky News.

"We just kept whispering to each other 'I love you'. We could see the terrorists walking around finishing people off. It was horrific.

"Eventually the shooting stopped and we could see an open door. We just ran towards it, but I couldn't understand why David was taking so long."

The couple fell into the street to discover that David had suffered a gunshot wound to his foot and was bleeding profusely.

A French woman living nearby brought them into an apartment complex where they met a passing doctor who drove them to hospital.

Mr Nolan said: "That doctor saved me, he didn't think twice about putting us into his car and driving through Paris amid all the chaos.

"It still hasn't sunk in what happened that night. The loss of life, the bloodshed, the violence ... I'm not sure people will ever recover.