So Sad: Irish students killed in birthday balcony collapse

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Six Irish students tragically lost their lives when a balcony collapsed beneath them at a 21st birthday party in California.

According to Metro, Ashley Donohoe, 22, Oliva Burke, 21, Eoghan Culligan, 21, Niccolai Schuster, 21, Lorcan Miller, 21, and Eimear Walsh, 21, died and several more students were injured when the fourth-floor balcony collapsed and fell 40ft (12.2m) to the ground.

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The families of the six are expected in the university town of Berkeley, California in the next few hours.

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The Consulate General of Ireland, Philip Grant, said the incident had ‘left us all frozen with shock and disbelief’.

‘Very few have been left untouched by this tragedy,’ he said.

All the apartments in the building have been sealed off.

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