Emily (10) dies playing camogie
Published 06/05/2013 | 05:00
A TEN-YEAR-OLD girl died suddenly while warming up for a camogie match.
Emily Wilson suffered a suspected heart attack while doing warm-up exercises before an underage game.
Her parents, Nick Wilson and Caitriona Clutterbuck, were last night said to be inconsolable.
Emily, an only child, inexplicably collapsed "in a heap" in front of shocked onlookers minutes before the start of the match at Gortnahoe-Glengoole GAA grounds in Co Tipperary.
The tragedy happened around 9.30am on Saturday.
The youngster was carried to the side of the pitch where club mentors carried out CPR in a desperate attempt to try and resuscitate her.
However, after that failed, a specially trained member used the club's defibrillator while they waited for the emergency services to arrive.
Her father Nick and mother Caitriona, who is a prominent poet and academic, rushed to the scene after the parents of other children and members of the club rang them.
"When they arrived, they had the look of utter shock on their faces," one parent told the Irish Independent.
"They were there willing her on and pleading with her to wake up. It was a desperate sight."
She had shown signs of revival when paramedics arrived but was rushed to South Tipperary General Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
A family friend told the Irish Independent that the "happy, healthy and active child" had been playing sport for many years and the family were not aware that she suffered from an underlying heart condition.
"They're very well known and very well liked. There's a very sombre mood in the community," said Fr John O'Rourke from the parish of Gortnahoe.
"Her parents are very much part of the parish and help out with organising events."
Ms Clutterbuck is originally from the Ballingarry area of Tipperary but she and her English-born husband had been living in the townsland of Clonmiclan near Gortnahoe since they got married around 11 or 12 years ago.
She is a distinguished academic and poet who lectures at the UCD School of English, Drama and Film. She received her doctorate at the University of Oxford but had previously worked as a primary school teacher.
The child's uncle is prominent local historian and archaeologist Richard Clutterbuck.
A local person described Emily as a "beautiful girl", adding: "It's killing everyone that she is gone now and she was an only child – her parents have nothing left."
Local councillor Joe Brennan said the community was extremely shocked.
Emily's remains will repose in Doyle's funeral home in Urlingford, with her funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11.30am, followed by burial at the Good Sheppard Cemetery.