Monday 24 October 2016

Family of teen Ciara O'Brien (18) who fell from nightclub balcony describe their 'worst nightmare'

Published 24/08/2015 | 08:33

The family of a Cork teenager who fell from a nightclub balcony have described the incident as their 'worst nightmare'.

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Ciara O'Brien (18) was airlifted from Cork University Hospital to the Mater Spinal Injury Unit after the accident in Kinsale sometime after 2.30am on Saturday morning.

The accident happened from a balcony area of the Moorings nightclub on Market Street in Kinsale, Co Cork.

Gardai have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the fall. They have interviewed staff at the pub where a ‘Beach’ themed party had been held at the weekend.

“An 18-year-old girl fell from the flat roof of a licenced premises on Market Street,” a Garda Spokesman confirmed.

“She was taken to Cork University Hospital and was subsequently transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin.  There is an ongoing investigation in the incident.”

Describing it as the family's 'worst nightmare', Ciara's uncle Mr John O'Mahoney told the Irish Sun they still don't know the extent of the physical damage.

"It's horrendous this is our worst nightmare... At best it's a long road to recovery. All we can do is hope and pray," Mr O'Mahoney said.

Ciara has no feeling in her legs at the moment and is understood to have suffered a damaged spinal cord. She has undergone an operation where doctors have inserted pins into her back.

The teenager was partying with staff in newly opened Moorings Venue when she fell from a height at the side of the building.

Meanwhile, Declan Ryan of The Moorings told the Sunday World that he had met with the Gardai and that all the staff at the venue were ‘hoping and praying she will be OK.’

Ryan, who was once a director of Benners Hotel in Tralee, said he does not own The Moorings but was working at the club at the time of the accident.

“It was simply just a freak accident. I’m not the owner but I was working at the club. Ciara was meant to be working but she attended a staff party instead. I wasn’t socialising with them and I don’t drink. I am a pioneer,” he said.

“It was just an accident. She fell about 8 foot from the side of the building. It wasn’t in the club it was beside it.”

Mr Ryan said that he was liaising with Gardai and with owner Joe Kenny who he said was away and could not be contacted.

It is understood that an ambulance was called after Ciara fell from the side of the building and she was rushed to Cork University Hospital.

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