Britney fan dies in fairground fall
Published 25/10/2011 | 09:06
A woman attending a Britney Spears concert has died after falling from a fairground ride outside the venue.
The 31-year-old was on the Tip Top ride next to the O2 arena in Dublin when she was thrown to the ground on Monday night.
She has been named locally as Siobhan Healy, from Willsborough, outside Ballinlough in Co Roscommon, who was understood to be living in Dublin.
Councillor Michael McGreal, a neighbour and family friend, said Ms Healy was an only child and her mother, Doreen, had lost her husband several years ago.
"The community is very shocked," he said.
"I know her family very well, we are all very upset."
Gardai said the incident happened at around 11.20pm at the Point Village next to the O2, where Ms Healy had earlier been to see Spears, who is touring Europe with her Femme Fatale show.
It is believed she fell from a ride called the Tip Top, which was run by funfair operator Kenneth McFadden, owner of McFadden's Entertainment.
Mr McFadden said he was devastated for the woman's family.
"We can't say (what happened), it all happened so quick," he said. "We are just in bits at the moment, we are just devastated."