Tributes paid to Stardust campaigner who died suddenly

by Gazette Reporter

Tributes have been paid to Stardust campaigner Eugene Kelly who fought for almost 40 years to get justice for his brother.

Robert Kelly died in the Stardust fire in February 1981 and Eugene, originally from Edenmore but living in Balbriggan, campaigned tirelessly for a new inquest.

He died suddenly at home last week at the age of 62 – just one week after he stood with other families at the first pre-inquest hearings into the disaster at Dublin’s coroner’s court.

The Justice for the Stardust 48 Facebook page posted: “Very sad news, we have to announce the passing of our dear friend and Justice fighter Eugene Kelly, thinking of his family and his dear friend Martha at this time.”

Other campaigners wrote: “Only last week we stood with the families of the Stardust 48 for the preliminary hearing of the inquest. Eugene stood proud with Robert’s picture in his hands, he spoke with passion and defiance that he would not stop campaigning until justice was done for his brother and the other 47 victims.

“It is such a shock to us that such a great man is now gone, his welcome and kind smile for us last week are memories we will treasure.”

Forty-eight people died and more than 200 were injured when the blaze broke out in the Stardust nightclub in Artane on St Valentine’s night in 1981.

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