‘Thank you so, so much’ - Mum’s words to hero at funeral

Buncrana hero Davitt Walsh holds baby Rioghnach-Ann after meeting her and mum Louise this weet. Davitt rescued the baby girl from her fathers sinking car in Buncrana harbour last Sunday evening.
Buncrana hero Davitt Walsh holds baby Rioghnach-Ann after meeting her and mum Louise this weet. Davitt rescued the baby girl from her fathers sinking car in Buncrana harbour last Sunday evening.

An emotional and brave Louise James has spoken at the funeral of her two sons, husband, sister and mother to thank the many people who assisted the family following the tragic events on Sunday night in Buncrana.

The Derry woman told Davitt Walsh that she would be forever grateful for his actions in saving her four month old baby Rioghnach with whom he was reunited during the week.

The funeral of five pier victims takes place at Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty on Thursday

The funeral of five pier victims takes place at Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty on Thursday

“Thank you so, so much,” she said.

“We will forever be grateful to you and your girlfriend Stephanie Knox

“Without fear for his own life and safety you entered the Lough Swilly to save my Rioghnach and I will be forever grateful.”

She also thanked Francis Crawford and his wife for alerting the emergency services and his efforts in reassuring her boy’s father Sean that help was on its way.

“We would also like to extend our thanks to the emergency services, the coastguard, the RLNI, the Fire Service, the medical service and the Garda.”

The Derry mum who read a poem was given a round of applause by the hundreds who attended today’s funeral litury.