Berkeley balcony collapse survivor Niall Murray has spoken publicly about the disaster for the first time.

Speaking to the media with his doctor by his side, Mr Murray said "I feel fortunate," adding "I also feel guilty".

Six people, five Irish students and an Irish-American, were killed in June when the balcony outside an apartment building in San Francisco’s Bay Area collapsed.

Seven others were injured in the collapse – a number of whom have since returned to Ireland.

Appearing in a wheelchair with bandages on his arms and a boot on his left foot, Mr Murray said he remembers the night, adding “the only thing I don’t remember is how I hit the ground.”

Mr Murray also poignantly addressed the victims of the collapse, saying: "to our friends, we miss you, we will always miss you, we will never forget you and someday I look forward to seeing you all again."

Mr Murray has been a patient at the Rehabilitation Center at Santa Valley Medical Center, most recently undergoing intensive rehabilitation and therapy treatments.

Four of the seven students injured in the collapse received treatment at the center.

Hannah Waters, who is also still receiving treatment in California, attended the press conference in a wheelchair.

Mr Murray thanked the medical staff and diplomatic officials for their help since the accident.