San Francisco Rose Amanda Donohoe spoke bravely about how she is "eternally grateful" for the kindness shown to her family by Irish people following the death of her sister Ashley and cousin Olivia Burke in the Berkeley balcony tragedy in 2015.
Taking to the stage on Monday night, August 21, at the Rose of Tralee in Kerry, 20-year-old Amanda told host Dáithí Ó Se that the death of her sister and cousin in the tragedy in the Californian college town on June 16 2015, was the "darkest moment" of her life.
Visiting Ireland soon after the incident Amanda revealed that "everyone was so kind" to her family which she is "eternally grateful" for.
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Amanda also revealed what happened on a trip to Limerick during that visit.
"We needed a few days out of Dublin away from the craziness and we actually drove down to Kerry.
"But on our way there we stopped in Adare and there was this woman who recognised us from the news and said 'We need to show you something'.
"She did it very quietly and very privately - there was this book of condolences from people all across the country, including people who weren't Irish, who were visiting, addressed to us with an outpouring of love and respect.
"It just shows the strength of everyone in this room and everyone across the globe and how much the Irish community cares about each other."
Irish students Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcán Miller and Eimear Walsh were also killed in the balcony tragedy, while seven other young Irish people were seriously injured.