Hundreds of people gathered once more last night, united in silent mourning at vigils for the victims of the Creeslough explosion.
There were sombre scenes as young and old attended gatherings in Raphoe, Derry and Letterkenny, among other towns.
Letterkenny’s often bustling Main Street fell silent at 7pm.
In Raphoe, MC Howard West led a large crowd through poignant proceedings on the Diamond. Mourners heard prayers by Rev Browne and Fr McMenamin. A poem by Frank Gilligan was read out by pupils from the two National Schools, St Eunan’s and Raphoe Central NS.
Aoife McGinley sang ‘Jealous of the Angels’ accompanied by her father Eugene McGinley While children from both National Schools brought up photographs of the victims and light candles for not only the deceased but also those in hospital.
In Derry, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Sandra Duffy hosted a candlelit vigil at Guildhall.
Cllr Duffy said: “Our hearts are heavy as we stand in solidarity with our neighbours in Donegal this evening in remembering those so tragically taken from their families and friends in Creeslough. Thank you to the many people who turned out for the candlelit vigil at the Guildhall, to reflect on the events of the weekend.
“While words cannot express our sorrow, we are holding the families in our hearts and sending love and prayers to help sustain the Creeslough community though the difficult journey ahead as they come to terms with their immense loss.”
There was also a very large turnout in Strabane, where Fountain Street organised a poignant and sombre vigil.
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— Aodhán Harkin (@AodhanHarkin) October 10, 2022