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Month's mind for five who died at Buncrana Pier 18.04.15

LOUISE James has asked friends to rally around her once again as she prepares to mark a month since the drowning tragedy that claimed five of her family at Buncrana Pier.
A large crowd is expected at Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty, Derry, on Wednesday evening for the month's mind mass for Sean McGrotty (46), Mark (12) and Evan McGrotty (8); Ruth Daniels (59) and Jodie Lee Daniels (14).
Brave Ms James (35) took to social media yesterday to let people know about the service for her partner, two sons, mother and little sister.
"Just a little reminder that the month's mass for Sean, Mark, Evan, Jodie Lee and Ruth is this Wednesday at 7.15pm in Holy Family chapel, Ballymacgroarty," she wrote on her Facebook page along with an updated profile photograph of the family in happier times.
Meanwhile, local parish priest Fr Paddy O'Kane has organised a church envelope collection to help the family.
"This weekend we give out envelopes for the McGrotty/Daniels family. The proceeds will be given to Louise James to be used at her own discretion," Fr O'Kane told churchgoers via the parish newsletter.
The horrific accident happened when Mr McGrotty's Audi 4x4 got into difficulty on the slipway of Buncrana Pier following a daytrip to Co Donegal on Sunday, March 20.
The large black vehicle is reported to have slipped on green algae into Lough Swilly and became quickly submerged at evening high tide.
Kerrykeel footballer Davitt Walsh (29) bravely swam out to the stricken family and managed to save four-month old baby Rioghnach Ann after she was thrust from the sinking SUV by her father.
Mr Walsh recalled how Mr McGrotty then courageously returned inside the vehicle in a vain bid to help the rest of his family.
An online fundraising drive to help the bereaved families has raised the Sterling equivalent of 110,000 euro with other local events raising tens of hundreds more.
Derry-based Martin McGranaghan who launched one of the Just Giving crowd-funding pages said he was “lost for words” at the outpouring for the grief-stricken family.
"Over 66 thousand pounds raised in three weeks. With one week of the page left, let's all give it one last push to raise as much as we (possibly) can and thank you to each and everyone of you that has already donated,” he said.
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