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Catherine O’Donnell has been identified as one of the Ireland blast victims

BY Anas Shah Oct 08, 2022. 11:58 pm UPDATED: Oct 09, 2022. 12:01 am

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As the victims of the tragedy are named tonight, the heartbroken loved ones and friends of those injured in the Donegal gas station explosion are getting the worst-case scenarios confirmed.

Ten people, including Jessica Gallagher, perished in the alleged gas explosion that has devastated Ireland.

Jessica Gallagher

Leona Harper

Catherine O'Donnell

The 23-year-old, who has been pursuing his studies in Paris, was residing in an apartment above the gas station on Friday when the explosion rocked it in Co. Donegal.

According to reports, the suspected gas explosion also claimed the lives of local father of small children James O’Flaherty, 60-year-old farmer Hughie Kelly, 49-year-old Martin McGill, and 14-year-old James O’Donnell.

One of the youngsters slain in the horrible tragedy was named earlier as Leona Harper, a gifted rugby player.

In a Facebook post confirmed news of Jessica’s death, Letterkenny man John McGeady said: “I’m sure you’re all heard about the gas explosion in Creeslough.

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“Our thoughts are with (Jessica’s) parents and two sisters and also with all the friends and families of all the other victims of this disaster.”

Four adults, three women, two teenagers, and a five-year-old girl were all killed before being taken to the hospital.

Her local rugby club made the announcement of Leona Harper’s passing this evening and noted that she was a “essential” member of their U14 team.

The Letterkenny Rugby Club posted on Facebook, saying: “We are heartbroken to say that our worst fears have come true. Tragically, Leona Harper passed away yesterday in Creeslough.

“Leona was a talented rugby player and an important part of our U14 girls team.

“To Leona’s parents, Hugh and Donna, her brothers Anthony and Jamie, and all of her team mates, we offer you our deepest condolences and support.

“There are no words that feel strong enough at a moment of deep sorrow such as this. Rest in peace, Leona.”

Eight others, including one man pulled from rubble in a critical condition, were taken to hospital.

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