Aisling Butler – Trinity College Memorial Service Of Remembrance And Thanksgiving


A Memorial Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will be held on Wednesday 10th June 2009 at 5.00pm in the College Chapel at Trinity College Dublin.

As attendance at the Chapel Service is by invitation only to accommodate to the fullest extent the relatives and many friends (including all classmates) and colleagues of the girls, all other attendees are requested to attend at the Public Theatre where there will be a live video link directly to the Chapel Service.

Trinity Provost Dr John Hegarty stated:

“The College community is deeply saddened by the loss of our graduates, Aisling Butler, Jane Deasy and Eithne Walls, in the Air France tragedy. The loss of such young, vibrant and promising women at the outset of their careers in medicine and in such tragic circumstances has stunned us all. Our thoughts are with the families and their former classmates at this difficult time. All are most welcome to join the College in remembering and celebrating Aisling, Jane and Eithne at the Memorial Service in the Public Theatre tomorrow.”

butler-mourning-cermBooks of Condolences which are currently located in the Enquiries Office will be outside the Public Theatre for the Memorial Service, should those in attendance wish to sign them.

Last evening over 1,000 mourners prayed at an emotional memorial service for the recovery of the remains of the  three Irish doctors who died when the plane they were travelling on crashed into the Atlantic Ocean last week. An hour before the service began, mourners began arriving filling the church to capacity 15 minutes before the mass started. The family and friends of Dr Aisling Butler cried openly and embraced each other during a heartrending mass which was celebrated in Aishling’s Parish Church in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

In his homily,local  parish priest Fr Tom Corbett described Dr Aisling Butler as “a lovely daughter, gifted woman, great human being and fun-loving friend whose sudden and mysterious death had brought anguish, grief and desolation to her family“.

Referring poignantly to the continuing search for bodies in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil, he stated to mourners that “it is our fervent wish that we will bury Aisling here in this church”.

Fr. Corbett further stated:-

“The three young doctors, carers of the living and lovers of life, were friends on the journey of life and lived for each other, but now by a distant accident had died, together, leaving us all greatly deprived of their great skills”.


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