Berkeley Balcony Collapse: Ireland Mourns Deaths of Young Students

June 17, 2015 12:35 PM

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DUBLIN — Flags flew at half-staff across Ireland on Wednesday as the nation mourned five students killed in a tragic balcony collapse while on their summer break in California.

The Irish students — Olivia Burke, 21; Eoghan Culligan, 21; Niccolai Schuster, 21; Lorcan Miller, 21; and Eimear Walsh, 21 — were in California on what many Irish deem a rite of passage: spending the summer working in the U.S. under the J-1 visa program.

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