Ceremony held to mark 10 years since deaths of two Bray firefighters

The ceremony was organised to honour the two men "who gave their lives in the service of their community"

Ceremony held to mark 10 years since deaths of two Bray firefighters

A picture of Firefighters Mark O'Shaughnessy (left) and Brian Murray. Picture by: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images

A ceremony has taken place to mark 10 years since two Wicklow firefighters died in the line of duty.

Brian Murray (46) and Mark O'Shaughnessy (25) lost their lives when the roof of a disused factory in Bray collapsed during a blaze in 2007.

Wicklow County Council was later fined €355,000 euro for health and safety breaches in the training of the two men.

Today, Brian and Mark's families & colleagues were invited to Bray Fire Station - with the local authority saying the ceremony was organised to honour "two brave firefighters who gave their lives in the service of their community".

The event included a guard of honour from members of the 7th Infantry Battalion of the Defence Forces.

Wicklow Chief Fire Officer, Aidan Dempsey, observed: "It is hoped that today’s ceremony will bring comfort and support to the families and the colleagues of Brian and Mark.

"They are not forgotten, they hold a cherished place in the memories of their comrades and an honoured place in the memory of this county and our country."

Wicklow County Council Chief Executive Frank Curran added: "We hope that today’s ceremony will demonstrate the respect the Council, and the people of Wicklow, have for Brian and Mark and how their memory will always be with us."