Seamus Coleman pays tribute to Donegal explosion victims
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families."
Seamus Coleman has paid tribute to the victims of the Donegal explosion in Creeslough, and to the friends and families affected by the tragedy.
Ten people - four men, three women and three young people - will be laid to rest in the days ahead following the horrific incident.
The Republic of Ireland and Everton captain is a Donegal native himself, and released a statement to share his condolences with everyone involved.
“I’d like to offer my deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones at the devastating tragedy in Creeslough, Co Donegal.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families, the injured and the entire community.
“Having been born and raised in the county, I know first-hand how tight-knit the communities are.
A message from our captain Seamus Coleman after the tragic passing of 10 people following a service station explosion in County Donegal. pic.twitter.com/Phrq3393yP
— Everton (@Everton) October 10, 2022
“The immediate reaction of the emergency services, local residents and passers-by who put themselves at right to help others is an example of the spirit and togetherness of the entire county," Coleman's statement continued.
“May the 10 people who have lost their lives rest in peace: Shauna Flanagan Garwe, Robert Garwe, Leonar Harper, Hugh Kelly, Jessica Gallagher, Martin McGill, James O’Flaherty, Martina Martin, Catherin O’Donnell, James Monaghan."
A period of silence will be held prior to the #CelticRBLeipzig kick-off tomorrow and the players will wear black armbands during the game, in memory of the 10 people who tragically lost their lives in Creeslough, County Donegal on Friday.
YNWA 🍀 pic.twitter.com/jYinqnTekx
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 10, 2022
Everton football club shared Coleman's statement on social media, and other teams, such as Celtic, will also be paying tribute to the victims.
The Scottish champions shared their own statement on Twitter: "A period of silence will be held prior to the #CelticRBLeipzig kick-off tomorrow and the players will wear black armbands during the game, in memory of the 10 people who tragically lost their lives in Creeslough, County Donegal on Friday."