Irish families of crash victims coming to terms with loss

THE families and friends of Irish victims of the Air France disaster were yesterday coming to terms with their loss after the first wreckage from the plane was confirmed found in the Atlantic.

Three young Irish doctors returning from a holiday in Brazil were among those who perished in the crash.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St Cronan’s parish church in Roscrea at 8pm next Tuesday for Dr Aisling Butler who was lost with two medical friends Dr Jean Deasy and Dr Eithne Walls in the Air France disaster early on Monday.

Fr Tom Corbett confirmed yesterday that plans were being made for the Mass for Aisling, 26.

John and Evelyn Butler have asked the media to refrain from contacting them and they have issued statements to the media through local solicitor, Michael Breen.

Hundreds of sympathisers have been calling to the Butler family home at Ballinakill on the Roscrea outskirts of since the disaster.

Mr Butler, a former member of the Garda, set up a very successful company, Adare Transport which employs up to 60 people.

The Butlers have an older daughter, Lorna, who is an executive with a shipping company in Dublin.

The Department of Foreign Affairs have been liaising with the family to keep them informed of any new information from the French and Brazilian governments who are overseeing the search for the missing Airbus.

Meanwhile, in Cork many people have expressed their sympathy following the death of Dr Jean Deasy who had family connections both in the city and county.

Her father Joe Deasy is a consultant surgeon in the Beaumont Hospital. Her grandfather, Aidan Deasy, was originally from Glengarriff in west Cork and moved to the city where he opened the Glengarriff Hotel on Orchard Road, between College Road and Victoria Cross. Then hotel has since been demolished and the site re-developed.

Joe Deasy’s first cousin Donal runs the Casey hotel in Glengarriff village.

Dr Deasy, who grew up in Dublin, was due to take up a position at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital next month.

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