Aoife Beary, one of the survivors of the Berkeley balcony fall in 2015, had a “big heart” and a “sense of adventure and daring”, according to tributes paid this morning at her funeral.
An apartment balcony fell during a party in San Francisco, killing six young people.
Aoife was critically hurt when the balcony collapsed, and her injuries are still present today.
Following the Berkeley tragedy, Aoife was said to have “insisted” on living a full and meaningful life.
At her funeral, Aoife’s godfather, James O’Doherty, spoke for her family, complimenting her for her bravery and determination to move on.
“You fought so well,” O’Doherty replied. You insisted on living well despite your injuries and the responsibility of dealing with them. You desired a meaningful existence.
In honour of her Berkeley friends, I believe she lived a full life for only six years. In addition to her recuperation, she made a substantial contribution to US building and safety regulations,” O’Doherty quoted UCD Professor Tara McMorrow.
She didn’t allow what happened at Berkeley define her, we heard at the burial.
It was said at her funeral that she never forgot her friends, even while she was testifying before California legislators on building codes.
When you left to California, you didn’t forget your buddies, did you? Your birthday will always be their anniversary, and I think everyone here remembers that,” O’Doherty added.
A sense of “adventure and daring” that stayed with her throughout her life was described by family members when she travelled.
Thanks were given to the local community for its support of Aoife’s family.
So many others have benefited from Aoife’s acts of kindness and charity, said the priest, who complimented her “large heart.”
Also remembered were Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Lorcan Miller, Niccolai Schuster, Eimear Walsh, and Ashley Donohoe.
We understand Aoife passed away Saturday at Beaumont Hospital.
It was approved by the California Senate in 2016.
As a result of this legislation, the Building Standards Commission was compelled to improve the safety of outdoor constructions such as balconies
To express how much she missed her pals, Aoife testified at a public senate hearing in Sacramento in August 2016.
This morning’s funeral was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock.