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27th Mar 2018

Hero, Davitt Walsh, speaks out about ex-girlfriend for suing the McGrotty family

'It's all about the money'


“I wish to make a public statement.
“Firstly I have the utmost respect for Stephanie Knox, Stephanie has suffered extreme trauma since the tragic events of that horrible day in Buncrana.
“Secondly I have not given an interview to ANY newspaper or media source. I have been wrongly misquoted, I strongly refute anything that has been printed in my name.
“I have moved on with my life since that Day, in the best way that I can.
“Please respect my privacy.”

The hero, who tried to save five members of the same family after their car slipped off Buncrana Pier has finally spoken out against his ex-girlfriend, who is suing the family.

Davitt Walsh and his then-girlfriend Stephanie were among the first at the scene when the McGrotty family’s jeep rolled into Lough Swilly in an accident in March of 2016.

Davitt jumped into the water to try and save the family. He first rescued the four-month-old daughter, but unfortunately couldn’t save the rest of the family.

'I would love it to just blow over': Stephanie Knox on claim against McGrotty estate

Stephanie, who stood by the side and gave the baby CPR while Davitt tried to rescue the others, is now seeking an undisclosed sum for loss of earnings and other costs.


In 2016, Davitt was rewarded for his bravery in saving the four-month-old baby, Rioghnach-Ann, and was honoured with the Michael Heffernan award.

In the few months after Davitt saved Rioghnach-Ann, he took part in the Belfast Marathon with the mother and wife of the victims, Louise.

He was also given a guard of honour when he returned to football with Fanad United.