Tuesday 16 January 2018

Funfair death of Britney Spears’ fan was due to ‘freak accident’

Luke Byrne and Tom Brady

GARDAI are satisfied that a woman who was killed on a funfair ride earlier this week died as a result of a freak accident.

Siobhan Healy (31) from Ballinlough, Co Roscommon, died instantly when she was thrown from the Tip Top ride in the Point Village outside the 02 venue in Dublin.

Checks on the bucket seat used by Ms Healy and the safety barrier holding her into the seat have shown that the equipment was working properly.

Following an examination of the ride by experts, gardai have concluded that she slipped under the bar and fell out.

"It seems to have been a freak incident as a result of a gravity pull," one officer said last night.

Gardai have made contact with a witness who was filming near the ride at the time of the accident with a camera phone.

An examination of the footage showed that it did not record the fall but produced a wide variety of images of what was happening around the Tip Top ride at the time.

Ms Healy had been to a Britney Spears concert at the O2 with her cousin Fiona Kilboyle before the incident, which happened at around 11.20pm that night.

The operator of the ride has said that he was not going to open for business that night because of the severe weather, but decided to do so after the rain cleared up. Ms Healy was thrown on to a set of steps leading up to the ride at the temporary travelling funfair operated by McFaddens Entertainments.

Her mother Doreen said that she was too upset to talk about the tragedy last night.

"There is nothing else I have to say, I've said it all," she said.

"All she wanted was Britney. People at college used to tell her she looked like Britney," she previously told the Irish Independent.

Britney Spears, who is touring Europe with her 'Femme Fatale' show, has said she was "saddened" by the death.


In a statement, the singer added: "My heart goes out to the family."

Ms Healy worked in investment banking in the IFSC and last year returned to college to study for a higher diploma in finance at DIT.

Her father Ciaran died 11 years ago.

The ride which she fell from has 12 carriages suspended from a central wheel which spins them around and reaches 40ft in height. It can carry up to 36 people at a time.

Kenneth McFadden, of McFaddens Entertainments, said he was devastated for Ms Healy's family and is co-operating fully with the garda investigation into her death.

Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to contact Store Street station on 01 6668008.

Irish Independent

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