Sunday 21 July 2019

Boy who was the only survivor of Carrickmines fire meets his GAA hero Bernard Brogan

Tom Connors (7) and his brother Mick Connors (10) with GAA star Bernard Brogan
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tom Connors (7) and his brother Mick Connors (10) with GAA star Bernard Brogan Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

THIS is seven-year-old Tom Connors as he meets his GAA hero Bernard Brogan.

Tom was rescued by his uncle John Keith Connors (then 14) from his parents’ burning mobile home in Carrickmines on October 10, 2015.

Tom, who was then aged four, was the only survivor of the blaze which claimed the lives of his parents, Thomas and Sylvia, and three of his siblings – Jim (5), Christy (3) and five-month-old Mary.

Five other family members also died.

Pictured: Some of the victims of the deadly Carrickmines fire
Pictured: Some of the victims of the deadly Carrickmines fire

His older brother Mick, then six, was sleeping in his grandparents’ home that night.

Mary was the only other person rescued from the blaze.

However, she is believed to have already suffered fatal smoke inhalation and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The children’s uncle, John Keith Connors, was hailed a hero after he climbed through a window of the burning unit to rescue Tom.

John Keith last week told the inquest how he pulled Tom, barely alive, out of a smoke-filled bedroom in the mobile home.

“I had Tom in my arms. He was trying to breathe. He was making choking noises,” he said.

He brought Tom outside and went back in again but was eventually forced to retreat.

John Keith then carried his unconscious nephew and ran to meet arriving paramedics.

Tom, who has asthma, spent a lengthy time in hospital following the tragic blaze.

Herald

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