Aoife Berry didn’t let the collapse of Berkeley’s balcony define her, funeral told

Aoife Berry “insisted on living the good life” after surviving the Berkeley balcony collapse in the summer of 2015, in which six of her friends were killed, her funeral mass was heard Friday.

James O’Doherty, her uncle and godfather, told mourners that she wanted to live a fulfilling life on behalf of those killed in the tragedy – Lorcan Miller, Eimer Walsh, Nikolai Schuster, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke and Ashley. Donoho.

He added that Ms Berry “definitely achieved this” in the “six short years” since the incident.

A 27-year-old man from Blackrock, Dublin, died of a stroke on New Year’s Day at Beaumont Hospital. She was one of seven students who survived a balcony collapse at the Library Garden apartment in Berkeley, California, on June 16, 2015.

Ms Berry had suffered a severe brain injury and was left with multiple injuries, including broken bones and limb wounds, and received treatment and rehabilitation in hospitals in California and Dublin in the months following the accident. .

The former UCD pharmacology student was in the US on a J-1 visa with friends and was celebrating her 21st birthday on the night of the incident.

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In later years, Ms. Berry campaigned for stricter building regulations in California, and in 2016, she testified before the state legislature there while she was hearing presentations on stricter building-standards laws. In recent years, he studied occupational therapy at Oxford Brookes University in England.