President Michael D. Higgins has paid tribute to the victims of the Buncrana tragedy
The whole country is still coming to terms with Sunday night's tragedy in Buncrana, Donegal, where five people were killed when their car slipped into Lough Swilly.
Sean McGrotty, his children Mark and Evan, his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels and her daughter Jodie Lee Daniels lost their lives in the incident.
Sean McGrotty's four-month old baby, Rionaghac-Ann, was heroically saved by Donegal man, Davitt Walsh.
President Michael D. Higgins has been showing his respects.
"I have heard with the greatest sadness of the terrible loss of life of a family in Buncrana."
"Sabina and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to the McGrotty family and their communities." - President Michael D. Higgins
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) March 21, 2016
The funeral service for the five victims has been arranged for 2pm on Thursday at the Holy Family parish church in Ballymagroarty in Derry.
Several Irish people have been paying tributes to the victims, as well as Davitt Walsh's incredibly brave act.
Very sad news of fatalities in an incident at Buncrana Pier tonight.Thoughts are with relatives of those involved & rescue services. #Tragic
— Martin McGuinness (@M_McGuinness_SF) March 20, 2016
Heartbreaking news in Buncrana this evening. Simply devastating. Thoughts go out to the families of the victims. RIP.
— Gary Doherty (@GaryDoc) March 20, 2016
Astonishing bravery and selflessness from Davitt Walsh who rescued baby Rionaghac-Ann from #Buncrana pier tragedy
— James McNamara (@jimmymacRTE) March 21, 2016
— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (@AodhanORiordain) March 21, 2016
Unbelievably good interviews on @rtenews tonight. Such horrendous scenes from Buncrana.What a man Davitt Walsh is.🙏🙏🙏for the family +locals.
— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) March 21, 2016
Tears are tripping me watching the news about the family who died in Buncrana!The man who saved the baby is a true hero! God rest them ❤️
— Ciara Stuart Calvert (@CiaraSCalvert) March 21, 2016
I can't watch or read anything about the accident in Buncrana without my heart dropping 😭
— Amy (@amyniamaltuin) March 21, 2016
The interview with Davitt Walsh recounting what happened in Buncrana has left me feeling sick Their father is a hero #RIP
— Caoiṁe Ní Ċaṫail (@CaoimheChats) March 21, 2016
Deepest heartfelt condolences to the lady who lost so many members of her family So sad My thoughts are with them all #Buncrana
— Jane (@MsTig1) March 21, 2016
That family in Buncrana. Just so horrible an event.
God help all their families. So sad.
— CathyC (@711cathy) March 21, 2016
Cover image via RTÉ.