Saturday 3 December 2016

Hero schoolgirl who saved toddler cousin's life in petrol bomb blast will receive bravery award today

Published 13/11/2015 | 10:04

Pictured are the Halligan children who were the target of a Fire-Petrol Bomb attack at Ballybeg, Waterford City, pictured from left are Lexi 18mts, Roisin 11yrs and William 5mts. Picture: Patrick Browne
Pictured are the Halligan children who were the target of a Fire-Petrol Bomb attack at Ballybeg, Waterford City, pictured from left are Lexi 18mts, Roisin 11yrs and William 5mts. Picture: Patrick Browne
Pictured are the Halligan children who were the target of a Fire-Petrol Bomb attack at Ballybeg, Waterford City, pictured from left are Sabrina ( Mum of Roisin), Lexi 18mts, Roisin 11yrs, William 5mts, Ellen (Mum of William). Picture: Patrick Browne
Roisin Halligan who suffered hand burns in the attack

A hero schoolgirl who saved her toddler cousin's life after a petrol bomb attack on their house is to receive a bravery award today.

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Roisin Halligan was just 11 years old when she was badly burned while protecting 12-month-old Lexie.

The bomb was thrown through the front window of the home of her grandmother Nelly Halligan in Waterford city.

President Higgins will present the 12-year-old girl with a National Bravery Award this afternoon at the annual National Bravery Awards.

Speaking to RTE Radio One, Roisin described the incident: "I could feel my face and my arms and legs were really hot.

"I looked down at my legs and they were all burnt.

Roisin Halligan who suffered hand burns in the attack
Roisin Halligan who suffered hand burns in the attack

"I just did what anyone would have done."

Roisin's mum is “over the moon” that she will receive a bravery award from the President of Ireland.

Pictured are the Halligan children who were the target of a Fire-Petrol Bomb attack at Ballybeg, Waterford City, pictured from left are Sabrina ( Mum of Roisin), Lexi 18mts, Roisin 11yrs, William 5mts, Ellen (Mum of William). Picture: Patrick Browne
Pictured are the Halligan children who were the target of a Fire-Petrol Bomb attack at Ballybeg, Waterford City, pictured from left are Sabrina ( Mum of Roisin), Lexi 18mts, Roisin 11yrs, William 5mts, Ellen (Mum of William). Picture: Patrick Browne

“All the family is so happy for Roisin,” said her mother Sabrina (32).

“Tears started flowing and we were all over the moon when we were told she’ll be getting an award from the president.”

“Roisin is our little hero. This award will mean the world to us. It is so amazing what she did to protect a one-year-old child,” she said.

She said her daughter was “a happy little girl” before the attack.

She suffered serious burns to her leg and hand and spent six weeks in hospital after the incident.

“Her leg and hand are covered in bandages and she’ll be visiting hospital for three years.”

Baby Lexie suffered facial burns but has completely recovered.

A three-month-old infant, William Halligan, suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at Waterford University Hospital.

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