Stardust campaigner Eugene Kelly dies suddenly aged 62

Eugene Kelly's brother Robert died in the Stardust tragedy.
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Eugene Kelly, a campaigner for the victims of the Stardust tragedy, has died aged 62.

His brother Robert (17) died in the fire at a Dublin nightclub in 1981.

Mr Kelly passed away suddenly at his home in Balbriggan on Wednesday.

One week before, he was in attendance as victims' families gathered at Dublin Coroner’s Court for the preliminary hearing of 48 new inquests which will take place next year.

Speaking on October 14th, Mr Kelly said: “Robert’s 17, he was. Now I read my brother’s coroners report and there was nothing left of him. Those people who perished in that fire deserve justice.

“I feel they’re looking down on us and giving us the strength to keep pushing and get our justice. And mark my words, we’ll get our justice.”


Antoinette Keegan, who led the Stardust families’ campaign with her late mother Christine, wrote: “Eugene Kelly you came into my family’s life…you stood tall and stood by our Ma, never once did you ever let her down, it’s just so sad today…I swear to my God in heaven, you will never be forgotten and we will get truth and justice.”

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