07/07: Terror in London: IRISHWOMAN FEARED DEAD; Embassy Launches Desperate Search as Survivors Tell of Their Nightmare Ordeal

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07/07: Terror in London: IRISHWOMAN FEARED DEAD; Embassy Launches Desperate Search as Survivors Tell of Their Nightmare Ordeal


Byline: By NIALL MOONAN and JOHN FALLON

AN Irishwoman is thought to be among the dozens killed in the London bombings, it was revealed yesterday.

Embassy officials in London are working with UK police to try to identify the woman believed to be the only Irish fatality.

Although no Irish people have been officially identified among the dead, a Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said there are "serious concerns" for one Irishwoman.

He added: "There are one or two Irish people about whom there are concerns and the embassy in London is following up these cases with the Metropolitan Police.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy are working closely to ensure families have access to all the support and assistance they need."

The missing woman has dual Irish and New Zealand citizenship.

One Irishman suffered serious shrapnel wounds when he was caught up in the blasts. Willie John Walsh, 22, from Galway, is being treated in a London hospital after cheating death. He was on his way to work when he was hit by flying shrapnel.

Another commuter, Dylan Lawless from Loughrea, Co Galway, told how he heard a massive bang followed by the lights going out on his packed train.

It came to a sudden halt and the passengers were all thrown forward. Unknown to them, a train leaving Edgware Road station had drawn almost parallel to their train when the bomb exploded.

Dylan said: "Our carriage was totally quiet for about 10 seconds until we realised no one around us was hurt. The carriage filled with soot from the explosion and then people began to scream. We couldn't really breathe so me and another man opened the doors about three inches and shouted for help.

"When the bomb exploded, I was in the front carriage and it went off just about 10 yards before we passed but it caught the front of our carriage.

"It was surreal. There was a man caught under the train and he was yelling for help, but there was nothing anyone could do about it.

"The scary thing was just listening to people in the other tube. You just knew that they were hurt and had lost limbs and were covered in blood and they didn't know what was going on.

"They were screaming but there was just nothing we could do to help. I didn't think I was going to get out of there."

Dylan said the train driver then spoke to the passengers over the intercom and urged everybody to remain calm.

The passengers had to wait for about 25 minutes as emergency crews made their way to them.

Their biggest fear as they waited to be rescued was that another bomb would go off but they couldn't move from where they were.

Dylan added: "When you hear people banging from under your carriage and screaming for help, you don't know what to think.

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