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# stardust inquest

1st December 2023
Firefighter tells Stardust inquest he found group of victims 'huddled together' on the dancefloor
‘They were caught out by the speed of events,’ Dermot Dowdall told the inquest.
This week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Stardust survivor recalls watching nightclub roof collapse and realising her husband was dead
The jury heard that the couple and their two children were due to move to Kerry the day after the fire.
Stardust inquest hears how teen was trapped in toilets before being 'surrounded by fire'
David Browne told gardaí at the time he could hear “things crashing on top of us”
Last week
19th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Stardust deemed 'pretty horrendous' fire risk with 'highly combustible' materials, inquest hears
The inquest heard a new cold room had been installed built with aluminium and polystyrene foam insulation, which was considered ‘highly combustible’.
DJ assistant tells Stardust Inquest fuses up to 60 light boxes would run off four plugboards
The inquest was also told there was never an electrician supervising when the light and sound system was set up on the stage.
Last month
November 2023
Stardust: Inquest hears of survivor's 'life changing' injuries from the fire
Jimmy Fitzpatrick spent more than three and a half months in hospital with third degree burns to his body.
Stardust ceiling was 'raining flames' causing ashtrays to ignite on tables below
Evidence was given today by three women from Derry who lost their friend in the fatal fire.
Stardust witness tells inquest that doorman told him: 'They could not get out, the doors were padlocked'
Michael O’Toole told the jury that he believes that keys that doorman Michael Kavanagh took from his pocket were the keys to the Stardust.
Stardust survivor tells inquest fire was a 'monster' that was 'coming after you'
The inquest continues today in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital.
Stardust survivor gives account of holding victim's hand before being pulled away by the crowd
One person said she saw the ceiling on fire and the whole place was black.
October 2023
Stardust survivor tells inquest that patrons 'were trapped like rats trying to get out'
The inquest will resume on Tuesday, 7 November.
Stardust patron tells inquest of using his hands and arms to try put flames out
The inquest continues next Tuesday in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital.
Witnesses say they saw exit doors chained and locked in Stardust nightclub on night of fire
A former employee said the doors were always locked with a padlock and chain.
Woman tells Stardust inquest she left club after 'piece of ceiling' fell on table on night of fire
The jury at the inquest today heard evidence from a number of patrons who attended Stardust on the night of the fire.
Stardust patron saw material like 'melting plastic' coming from ceiling on night of fire, inquest hears
The jury at the inquest today heard evidence from a number of patrons who attended Stardust on the night of the fire.
Stardust patron tells inquest he 'always felt it wasn't right' having carpet tiles on walls
The inquest continues next Monday in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital.
'Everything just went quiet': Stardust patron gives emotional evidence about night of fire
The jury in the Dublin District Coroner’s Court today heard evidence from patrons who attended the Stardust on the night of the fire.
Eamon Butterly tells Stardust inquest management at the club was not 'up to dealing with fire'
The former Stardust manager agreed with lawyers that the only preparation for the possibility of a fire at the club was that he would “ring the fire brigade”.
Former Stardust manager tells inquest it was 'unsafe' to keep exit doors locked on disco nights
Eamon Butterly said ‘the consequences would be bad’ if the doors were locked during an emergency, but told the inquest that staff ‘would be keeping an eye on the doors’.
September 2023
Former Stardust manager tells inquest he regrets ‘converting that factory into a nightclub'
Eamon Butterly, in his fifth day as a witness at the inquests into the deaths of those who died in the fire, also denied that he had told ‘lies’ over ‘contradictory’ statements.
Former Stardust boss 'agreed' with policy to keep exit doors locked for portion of nights
Eamon Butterly told the inquest the policy was the head doorman’s initiative and could not say how much of the policy he was “willing to own”.
Former Stardust boss denies telling security guard exit doors were locked years before fire
Eamon Butterly also told the inquest he did not find out what surface spread of flame rating meant before carpet tiles were used on the walls of the nightclub.
Local resident saw Stardust fire almost half an hour before alarm was raised, inquest hears
Noel Scully said at 1.15am he could see an “orange glow” coming from the direction of the club.
Former Stardust doorman says attempts were made to 'scapegoat' him for doors being locked
Michael Kavanagh also told the inquests today that the practice of locking doors was a “horrible policy”.
Stardust inquest hears former doorman said victims couldn't escape because 'doors were chained'
Michael Kavanagh also admitted that he lied when he initially told gardaí that he had opened the doors of the nightclub.
First firefighter on scene of Stardust fire had 'never seen anything like it', inquest hears
The inquest heard that only one firefighter initially attended the scene.
Doorman admitted front door of Stardust was locked and key removed on night of fatal fire
The inquest into the 1981 fire at the Stardust complex in Artane resumed today following a summer break.
This year
Stardust doorman tells inquest he cannot say if doors were unlocked on the night of the fire
Leo Doyle said he had no idea who came up with the idea of draping chains over the club’s doors to give the impression that they were locked.
Stardust doorman rejects claim that he blamed patrons for not being able to exit nightclub
John Furley said there was “wholesale panic” inside the nightclub on the night of the fire.
Stardust inquest: Barman recalls his efforts to extinguish fire were futile
48 people died in a fire at the venue on the night of 14 February 1981.
Stardust barman gives evidence for the first time of helping to save a girl from the fire
Cormac Rose was 17 when he worked in the Silver Swan bar, which was attached to the Stardust ballroom.
Stardust witness says 'all sorts of tall tales' told about what happened on the night of the fire
Evidence was heard today from workers at the club.
Stardust inquest: Witness heard 'screaming' as main doors were closed to prevent re-entry
Linda Bishop was 18 on the night of the blaze, which killed 48 people in 1981.
Stardust inquest hears from waitress who was collecting glasses when ceiling began to 'collapse'
Pauline McConalogue, who was 17 at the time, said she’d never had a fire drill while working at the club and didn’t know where the fire exits were.
Stardust doorman tells inquest of putting chains around exit doors to 'trick teenagers'
Francis Kenny, who was 22 at the time, agreed with a barrister that a person would reasonably assume they needed to check another exit because one with a chain was locked.
Witness tells Stardust inquest he used his bike lamp to help find keys to open a locked door
Edward McNamee, who was working in the club on the night of the fire, said he saw flames “creep out along the wall like a mushroom”.
Witness tells Stardust inquest the outside door of club was locked when he went to leave
Lorcan Doody, who was 18 at the time, said there was one bouncer at the door and he said they would have to wait ‘until the man with the key came back’.
First witnesses give evidence on Stardust fire as inquests enter new phase
More than 300 people are expected to give evidence to the inquests.
'The dead cannot cry out for justice': State has failed families of Stardust victims, inquest hears
48 people lost their lives in the fire at the Stardust Ballroom on February 14, 1981.
Woman whose parents died in the Stardust 'grew up in the shadow of disaster', inquest hears
48 people lost their lives in the fire at the Stardust Ballroom on 14 February, 1981.