Sunday 17 December 2017

Death of 'hero' soldier aged 23 stuns battalion

The soldier was rushed to Limerick University Hospital shortly after 1.20pm on Thursday but was later pronounced dead. Stock picture
The soldier was rushed to Limerick University Hospital shortly after 1.20pm on Thursday but was later pronounced dead. Stock picture

Ryan Nugent

An investigation is underway into the sudden death of a young soldier who fell ill after a training exercise with his battalion.

Daniel Donougher (23), from Cork, had completed his new recruit training in recent weeks, and was found unconscious in his bed on Thursday afternoon by a number of colleagues.

He had been part of the well-known 12th Battalion, which is stationed at Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick city, after having completed his two-star training course.

The soldier was rushed to Limerick University Hospital shortly after 1.20pm on Thursday but was later pronounced dead.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

It is understood that Mr Donougher went straight to his room after the earlier training exercise.

He was found unconscious in his bed a short while later, a spokeswoman for the Defence Forces confirmed.

"A serving soldier (23) sadly passed away having fallen ill while at work in Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick," the spokeswoman said.

"The soldier fell ill during the unit's organised recreational physical training and was found in an unresponsive state by his colleagues a short time later.

"The unit's medics were called on-scene and administered CPR, he was then transferred to University Hospital Limerick.

"Despite the best efforts of the Defence Forces medics and hospital staff, he passed away.

"The Defence Forces are providing a liaison officer to offer any assistance to his family during this difficult time," she added.

Mr Donougher is due to be laid to rest with full military honours.

Many of his comrades changed their profile pictures on Facebook to the crest of the Defence Forces in tribute to their colleague.

One colleague said: "You were a real hero, Daniel Donougher, we will all miss you."

Irish Independent

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