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02 Dec 2021

Davitt Walsh thanks people for their support

Davitt Walsh thanks people for their support

The Kerrykeel man who swam out to a sinking car and saved a baby has said that messages he received since the tragedy has given him the strength to cope. 

Davitt Walsh was hailed a hero when he swam out to a sinking car off the slipway in Buncrana on March 20 and rescued baby Rionaghac-Ann McGrotty.

Five family members perished in the tragedy. 

On Monday night, Davitt Walsh posted a message on the social website, ‘Facebook,’ thanking all those who have sent him messages of support since the tragedy: “While reflecting today on all that has happened, I would like to say that I am overwhelmed by all the messages and posts that I have received. It’s impossible for me to reply to everyone individually, but I have read them all. It’s your kindness and sincerity that has given me great strength and enabled me to cope over the last days. 

He continued: “So, I would like thank you all so much for this! Louise has been an inspiration to me and a great comfort. She is an exceptional woman. Rioghnac-Ann is a beautiful baby and I look forward to being a part of her life and see her growing up. Sean, Mark, Evan, Ruth and Jodie-Lee are now together in heaven. God bless R.I.P.”

Meanwhile, Mrs. Brown’s star, Danny O Carroll is holding a celebrity event to raise money for the relatives of the Buncrana Pier victims. A gala dinner will be held at the Shandon Hotel in Dunfanaghy and a celebrity golf classic is planned for the Rosapenna Golf Classic on May 27. The actor had originally planned raising money for Pieta House in Letterkenny.

Anyone who would like further information on how to donate can go to: https://www.facebook.com/Buncrana-tragedy-fundraising-819352224835820/?fref=ts

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