Superb turnout for candelit vigil in Blackrock in honour of missing Irish Coast Guard crew

Superb turnout for candelit vigil in Blackrock in honour of missing Irish Coast Guard crew

There was a large turnout in Blackrock last night at a special vigil to honour the crew of the missing Rescue 116 Irish Coast Guard Helicopter.

In most people’s thoughts was missing Pilot Mark Duffy, who lives in Blackrock with his wife Hermione and children Esme and Fionn.

Mark has been missing since the rescue helicopter went missing off the Co Mayo coast in the early hours of last Tuesday morning.

Rain held off for the candlelit vigil around the Sundial with the turnout showing exactly how much the tragedy has impacted on people.

Parish priest Fr Padraig Keenan spoke briefly at the event with a special individual candle lit for Captain Duffy, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith.

Another candle was also lit for the wider Duffy family circle.

The local coast guard also formed a guard of honour as Hermione and her two children walked around the circle aknowledging all those had come to the vigil.

After a short musical lament, the event ended with applause.

The search for Mark and the two other missing crew members is continuing today. Captain Fitzpatrick, who was recovered from the sea on Tuesday before passing away a short time later, will be laid to rest today.

Pictures credit: VisitBlackrock.ie (Facebook)

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