Tuesday 21 November 2017

Fionn (5) died after fireplace collapsed on him at home

Dr Margaret Bolster had given evidence in the case
Dr Margaret Bolster had given evidence in the case
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy died from brain injuries following a freak accident at his home when a heavy fireplace fell on him while he was playing.

A Cork Coroner's inquest into the death of Fionn Dawson was adjourned yesterday on the application of the gardai to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to continue considering the case file.

The inquest was adjourned until December 10, by which time the DPP will have decided what action, if any, will be taken.

Fionn Dawson died on April 30, 2013 after a tragic accident at his home at Coolgreen, Glanmire, Co Cork.

A heavy fireplace apparently fell on to Fionn as he played in the sitting room minutes after he came home from pre-school.

The precise cause of the accident remains unclear.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane was previously told by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster that a post- mortem examination at Cork University Hospital confirmed that the little boy died from blunt force trauma to the head.

She said this inflicted brain swelling, contusion and laceration which proved fatal.

A file was prepared by the gardai for the DPP in accordance with routine procedures.

Fionn's heartbroken parents, Cormac and Anita, paid a moving tribute to him after the freak accident.

"This loss leaves a huge void in our lives which will be with us forever," they said.

"Fionn was a typical five-year-old... up to all sorts. He loved charging around outside and jumping as high as gravity would allow on his trampoline. He had just tried out with the local GAA club and really loved his computer games."

"You couldn't put down your iPhone within his reach as it was bound to disappear," Cormac said.


Anita said Fionn was an extremely affectionate and loving child.

"Most of all he loved cuddling-up with us, playing with his little brother and sister, his cousins and was doted on by his grandparents, aunts and uncles. It will be a long time, if ever, before we come to terms with what has happened," she added.

Fionn is also survived by his siblings, Elliot and Mary-Kate.

The Dawson family is hugely respected in the area and has strong links to Glanmire GAA club Sarsfields, as well as to numerous community groups in White's Cross.

Fionn's grandfather, Pat Dawson, is a former Labour Party councillor. Cormac Dawson is an executive with the grocery firm, Musgraves, while Anita Dawson is an accountant.

Irish Independent

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