Friday 15 December 2017

Tributes paid to student (19) who died after 'taking ill' in fast food restaurant

Lisa Niland (19) passed away after a short illness
Lisa Niland (19) passed away after a short illness
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A young student has died after she took ill at a fast food restaurant and was airlifted to hospital.

Lisa, from Drimbane, Curry in south Sligo, passed away at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin last Friday.

The 19-year-old was flown by helicopter to the hospital from Sligo University Hospital where she had been taken by ambulance after becoming ill suddenly while in a restaurant in Sligo.

Her sudden passing has devastated her family, friends and the community of the county.

Beaumont Hospital. Photo: Collins
Beaumont Hospital. Photo: Collins

A notice, posted online, confirmed: "Heartbroken, but gently returned to her creator by her loving and caring parents, Angela and Gerry, her sister and best friend Amy, and her boyfriend Johnny."

A keen GAA supporter, there was a minute’s silence observed in Lisa’s memory prior to Sunday’s FBD match between Sligo and Leitrim which was played in Tourlestrane.

Lisa Niland
Lisa Niland

Lisa’s uncle, John Niland is a well known leading local and GAA referee attached to the Curry club and who officiated a number of senior County Finals as well as Junior and Senior All Ireland Ladies finals at Croke Park.

A student at University of Limerick since September 2015, Lisa was also a past pupil of St Attracta’s Community College in Tubbercurry. Lisa has been described as popular and much loved by her fellow students.

It is understood that Lisa was eating at the McDonald’s restaurant at Carraroe Retail Park last week when she complained of feeling unwell.

An ambulance was called and she was brought to Sligo University Hospital. It is believed Lisa spent a number of days in hospital in Sligo. She was subsequently transferred by helicopter to the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where she passed away surrounded by family members on Friday.

Her remains will repose at St. Threase’s Funeral Home Curry Village, today from 4pm to 8pm.

Lisa’s remains will arrive on Wednesday morning at The Church of The Immaculate Conception, Curry for funeral Mass at 12 noon.  Burial afterwards will be in Bunnacrannagh Cemetery, Curry.

Lisa is survived by her parents, Angela and Gerry, her sister and best friend Amy, and her boyfriend Johnny Flannery of Bunninadden. Lisa is also sadly missed by her grandparents, Mai and Tom (Niland), Annie Gara (Lisacul), grand-uncles and grand-aunts, uncles, aunts, cousins, neighbours and many close friends at home and in the University of Limerick.

The AGM of Curry/Moylough Community Playground and Curry Community Games Swimming vent have been postponed this week as a mark of respect.

Tributes have been paid to Ms Niland online with a number of local businesses and groups in her native town closing down or postponing events.

One fitness instructor wrote on Facebook that a scheduled class on Saturday morning was cancelled "as a mark of respect for the tragic passing of Lisa".

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