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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Britney Spears expresses her sorrow at death of Irish fan

Siobhan Healy
Siobhan Healy
Britney Spears
A garda at the scene where Siobhan Healy died at a fairground ride at the Point Village

Diana Pilkington and Brian Hutton

BRITNEY Spears has said she was "saddened" by the death of a fan who was killed after falling from a fairground ride outside a concert venue.

The 31-year-old woman was thrown to the ground from the Tip Top ride next to the O2 arena in Dublin after watching the Toxic singer perform on Monday.

In a statement, Spears said: "I was saddened to hear of the tragic accident in Dublin. My heart goes out to the family."

The woman has been named 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."

The fairground operator said he has had the Tip Top ride for four or five years and never had any problems with it.

Investigators are hoping the incident was captured on CCTV, he added.

A spokesman for the Point Village said Mr McFadden rents the ground beside the O2 from Crosby Properties to run his ride during concerts.

It is believed Ms Healy died instantly and her body was removed from the scene. The area was sealed off ahead of a forensic examination by Garda technical experts.

Garda officers at Store Street have launched an inquiry.

It is understood there were a number of fairground rides outside the O2 for the event.

The Health and Safety Authority said it was not investigating the incident as it did not appear to be a work-related accident.

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