Creeslough’s welcoming sign, which is in black lettering and gold letters, announces that Creeslough is home to Bridie Gallagher (the Girl from Donegal), a well-known entertainer of the 1950s and 1960s who was known for being Ireland’s first international pop superstar.
In the Northwest of Ireland, this tiny village of 400 people has been made famous for a much more serious and unsolicited reason.
The scene surrounding the abandoned petrol station was so quiet that Micheal Martin, the Irish Prime Minister, appeared visibly shocked when he arrived.
Although there were many journalists and emergency workers on the streets, they were not loud. Sombre. It was atypical for events of this scale that there were very few observers at the cordon.
Martin said to reporters, “There’s an awful silence.” He said it reflected the enormity and sadness of what had happened in this area.
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He is not a stranger to bereavement. Mary, his wife, has lost two children. Even though he tried to find the right words to send a message to grieving families, he was not able to.
He said, “They’ve lost a very dear friend”, before pausing to recall something from his own personal experience. Each family is so proud of their individual lives. It is important that they are allowed to grieve and be supported throughout the process.
A few birds sang, and some boots rubbed the broken glass. But it didn’t seem to break the silence. The few people who did come to have a look were not in the mood for conversation. One woman was relieved to learn that the death toll had been reduced to ten. She feared that it would go up even more.
Siobhan Carr, her tireless staff at The Coffee Pod, and their dedicated volunteers served hot drinks, vegetable soup and delicate cupcakes across the street to exhausted emergency workers.
They were apprehensive at the Donegal generosity and refused to accept payment from the media.
It is difficult to imagine how the village will recover from this. According to police, all of the injured and dead are locals. Nearly every family will have a relative who is dead or hurt.
Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minster, reflected on the “freak accident” that left many empty seats at dinner tables. It’s just too difficult to comprehend.
It would be difficult to comprehend in a large village and even more so in a small village of a few hundred.
A small Irish village proudly associated with the sounds of music, its starlet. Now, it is mute.
There was a devastating explosion followed by an uncontrollable silence.