Father of one of the Berkeley injured: 'My daughter just fell from the sky'

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Workers examine the balcony in the aftermath of yesterday's tragedy
Workers examine the balcony in the aftermath of yesterday's tragedy

The father of one of those injured in yesterday's tragedy in Berkeley has told the press it is a 'miracle' that his daughter survived.

Niall Cogley's daughter Clodagh, a 21-year-old psychology student in Trinity, had only been in Berkeley for a few weeks after finishing her exams.

Cogley said it was a "miracle" his daughter survived.

"I was speaking to her earlier," he told "She seemed upbeat enough given what has happened to her. But I don't know how much of that is down to the medication she is on, or her putting a brave face on things for her parents."

"From what I understand there was a 21st, and there was a bunch of them on a balcony, either getting some air, or dancing, or whatever you do at a 21st. Then it just fell from the sky and they all ended up on the street, some fatally injured.

"It was a very small community of over there in Berkeley - and they were obviously sticking together.

"That is such a tragedy - and there are so many bereaved families," said Mr Cogley, who is traveliing to Berkeley today. "We don't know the full extent of her injuries at the moment, we are just thankful she is alive."

POlice now believe that between 30 and 50 people were in apartment 405 when the incident took place and they are working on the theory that not all the victims were on the balcony when it collapsed. They now believe some may have fallen trying to rescue others.

Those who dies were Eoghan Culligan, Nick Schuster, Lorcán Miller, Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke, all 21 years old from south Dublin and Irish-American Ashley Donohoe (22), a cousin of Burke.

Those injured in the incident are Hannah Waters, Clodagh Cogley, Niall Murray, Sean Fahey, Jack Halpin, Conor Flynn and Aoife Beary, all aged between 20 and 22.