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Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Sienna’s death tore at our hearts' - Family's devastation as beautiful girl (5) dies after being hit by gate at home

Published 01/07/2016 | 10:39

Sienna Joyce, who died tragically
Sienna Joyce, who died tragically

A five-year-old girl who was killed when a gate fell on her at her home has today been remembered as a beautiful child with a big bow in her hair and sparkly shoes who lit up the life of her family.

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Sienna Joyce was hit by the falling gate on Monday but passed away later in hospital when her injuries proved devastating.

She was out playing with her little cousins at her home at Wotton Bridge, Bullstown, The Ward between Finglas and Ashbourne when the tragedy happened.

She was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital, where she later died.

Sienna, who had been attending Kilcoskan National School in The Ward in her first year, was part of a large settled Travelling family living in the area.

Her funeral took place today at the Church of the Annunciation in Finglas, where the aisles were lined with balloons featuring the characters of her favourite Disney movie Frozen.

Logan Joyce (4), who tragically drowned at the National Aquatic Centre
Logan Joyce (4), who tragically drowned at the National Aquatic Centre

At the top of the church her little white coffin was cloaked in a duvet from the same film.

Fr Paddy Kelly told mourners that any death is sad but that of a young child like Sienna is particularly so.

“Add to that the sudden and tragic way that it all happened and the thought almost becomes unbearable,” he said.

“Sienna’s death tore at our hearts,” he added, addressing her parents Marie and David.

Gifts brought to the altar included a teddy bear, Sienna’s little make-up bag, her schoolbag, and her toothbrush.

Fr Kelly said Sienna liked to brush her teeth several times a day and always have them shiny white.

Floral tributes included flowers arranged to spell Beauty Queen, Mouse, Sleeping Beauty and Daddy’s Girl.

At the end of the mass, Sienna's coffin was placed in a white carriage and pulled by four white horses.

Her parents sat up beside the driver as the carriage moved slowly to the Dardistown Cemetery.

This is not the first tragedy to hit the Joyce family. In 2012 Sienna's four-year-old cousin Logan Joyce drowned in the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown.

Logan, also from Ashbourne Road, was found floating facedown in the 'lazy river' section after his father had lost sight of him on July 22 that year.

Family member and Pavee Point spokesman Martin Collins said he and the rest of Sienna's family were devastated over the news of her death.

"She was bright, bubbly and full of energy,” he said.

“In fact, on the day of this tragic accident she was playing with her brothers and sisters and her cousins when the gate collapsed and unfortunately she was trapped underneath it.

“The family are devastated and in a state of shock as well and it will be a long time, if ever, when they come to terms with this,” he added.

Sienna's cousin Kellie Joyce said she was beautiful, cherished and adored by everyone who knew her.

“Her parents are completely heartbroken. I've never seen anything sadder in my entire life,” she added.

Gardai confirmed that they attended the scene of a "tragic accident" in which a young

girl was crushed by a gate on Monday.

They do not suspect any foul play.

Speaking following Sienna's wake last night Mr Collins said the entire Travelling community was devastated.

“All of our thoughts and prayers go to the family because in the last five years they have gone through hell," he said.

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