Tuesday 23 October 2018

Girl (4) dies after fireplace falls on top of her

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A four-year-old girl has died after a tragic accident in a house that was under construction in Co Tipperary.

Jodie Lawlor Tyrrell from Knockbrack, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, was killed on Saturday.

It is believed the girl died after a fireplace fell on top of her while she and family members were visiting a house that was under construction.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and she was taken to University Hospital Limerick where she tragically passed away.

Local councillor Michael O'Meara said the community has been left devastated at the sudden death of little Jodie.

"I believe she died when a fireplace fell on top of her. The family are absolutely devastated," he said.

"It's awful to think that something like this can happen to a child that's so young. It's a big shock for all of us here.

"I send my deepest condolences to the family."

Councillor Peter Ormond also expressed his sympathies to the family. "It's absolutely terrible, so tragic. Everyone in the community is stunned. People can't believe that something so tragic could happen to a four-year-old. We all have children and grandchildren and something like this is unimaginable, he said.

Her removal takes place tomorrow morning arriving at St Brendan's Church at 10am for funeral Mass at 11am, followed by burial at St Cronan's Cemetery in Roscrea.

This was the second such incident in the space of four years. In April 2013 five-year-old Fionn Dawson died after a marble fireplace fell on him as he watched cartoons at home in Coolgreen, Glanmire, Co Cork.

He suffered a fatal head injury and died before he reached Cork University Hospital.

Irish Independent

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