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On behalf of the people of Cork, the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Damian Boylan and Deputy Chief Executive, Brian Geaney, have opened an online Book of Condolences for the people of Türkiye, and the people of Syria, impacted by two devastating earthquakes. 

Speaking about the tragic events, the Deputy Lord Mayor said:  

It is with profound sadness that I extend my condolences on behalf of the people of Cork City, including our dynamic Turkish and Syrian communities, on the tragic loss of life following two devastating earthquakes in Türkiye, and in Syria. I know many Corkonians will be thinking in particular about the people of Malatya today, as a group of secondary school students from Coláiste Éamann Rís in Turners Cross were travelling to visit their partner school in the city, a school which we are told has now officially disappeared. Our city stands in solidarity with all those impacted by this humanitarian disaster.

Deputy Chief Executive Brian Geaney also extended his condolences:

Our thoughts are with all the victims, their families, and the brave emergency service personnel and volunteers who are working tirelessly to rescue people from the rubble.


This is an online Book of Condolences. The book can be accessed by clicking here: Book of Condolence – Cork City Council

On the 6th February the President issued the following statement on the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria:

As President of Ireland, may I offer my profound sympathy on behalf of the people of Ireland to the peoples of Türkiye and Syria who are experiencing the devastating earthquakes which have taken place this morning.

All of our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and those have been injured, and we send our support to those emergency services who continue with the work of rescuing and protection of those impacted by these terrible tragedies.

As President of Ireland, I wish to assure those members of the Turkish and Syrian communities living in Ireland who may have relatives directly impacted that we are offering them our solidarity at this time.

Pic shows President Higgins signing the Book of Condolence at the Embassy of Turkey with Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr Mehmet Hakan Olcay. Image: Maxwells