NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Thursday marked the one year anniversary of Notre Dame junior Declan Sullivan’s death. Sullivan was up on an aerial lift filming Notre Dame Football practice when high winds knocked it over. The team said it’s a tragic day they will never forget.
“It’s always something that’s going to be with us. It was a tragic day and once again lost a great member of the Notre Dame family,” said Irish Center Braxston Cave.
On Saturday the university unveiled a memorial marker at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex and the LaBar Football Practice Fields. The memorial is close to the spot where the lift fell.
Head Coach Brian Kelly said the team will find a way to honor the year that has passed since Sullivan’s death.
“We are going to do something as a team. As you know on Saturday the memorial was dedicated right out here in front of the Gug so we’ve intimated to our team that that might be the appropriate place for us to recognize the year that has passed since that tragic event,” said Kelly.
Even though time has passed, that tragic day last October won’t be forgotten.
“It’s definitely a day we’ll never forget, but more importantly it’s the person that we’ll never forget, and what he meant to all of us here,” said Irish Safety Harrison Smith.
The university also started a memorial scholarship in Sullivan’s name. The Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Scholarship at Notre Dame will go to students who share Sullivan’s interests of film and creative writing, service to under-privileged youth, and other passions.
Contributions to the scholarship fund may be sent to: Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Scholarship, 1100 Grace Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.