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Stardust Victims Remembered 39 Years After Artane Nightclub Fire

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

05:46 14 Feb 2020


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A Game of Thrones actor, whose sister was injured in the Stardust fire, says the trauma of the night still lingers almost four decades later.

Today marks the 39th anniversary of the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 48 people while 214 others were injured.

Liam Cunningham's sister was among those in the nightclub when the fire broke out in the early hours of Valentine's Day 1981.

More than 400 people had attended the disco to celebrate February 14th.

Liam tried to find his sister at the Mater Hospital, and says the emergency department was like a warzone;

"I hopped on my bike and went straight to the Mater and it was, it was chaos. I remember the hair going up on the back of my neck, a chap walking in, into the emergency A&E, and the skin on his hands was hanging off his fingers."

Last night a vigil was held at the site to remember those who died.

The families and survivors have long called for a fresh investigation into the fire.

In September last year the Attorney General confirmed that new inquests would be held into the 48 deaths.

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