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Saturday 17 March 2018

Mum impaled on railings in repeat of fatal plunge

Kathryn Hayes

A WOMAN plunged to her death on to spiked railings below the same city centre apartment building that previously claimed the life of a teenager.

Gardai were last night investigating the death of the young mother who died after she fell from a top-floor window of the five-storey building in Limerick.

Audrey Ann Coffey (25), from Carnane, Fedamore, Co Limerick, was found impaled on railings in front of the apartment building on Clare Street at around 1am yesterday.

The mother of one was visiting a friend who lives in the Georgian building.

Her tragic death was the second time a person has died after being impaled on railings in front of the same apartment building in Limerick city.

The alarm was raised shortly before 1am and the young woman was taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy travelled to Limerick yesterday to carry out a post mortem examination.

Gardai said initial inquiries showed nothing suspicious but that the course of their investigation would be determined by the post-mortem results.

A man in his 30s was arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. It is understood he was questioned about items found in the building. He was released without charge later yesterday.


Ms Coffey lived in Carnane, Fedamore, Co Limerick, with her parents and her two-year-old child.

In September 2005, Michael McNamara (19) from Meelick in Co Limerick, fell from a drainpipe attached to the same building.

It is believed he had forgotten his keys and was trying to gain access by climbing up the drainpipe. However, it came away from the wall and he fell on to the railings outside.

Despite his serious injuries he managed to free himself from the railings and stagger some 50 yards before collapsing. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Irish Independent

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