Sunday 27 May 2018

'Unimaginable heartbreak' as three-year-old boy dies suddenly

Wexford General Hospital
Wexford General Hospital

Sasha Brady

A Wexford community is in shock after a three-year-old boy died suddenly.

Ollie Dempsey (3) from Monamolin, Co Wexford passed away on Tuesday in Wexford General Hospital.

A family member told the Independent.ie that the cause of death was still very much unknown though it all happened very quickly.

The child appeared to be in good health and good spirits before Tuesday.

She said the cause of death will not become clear for a number of months.

Meanwhile, local Independent councillor Mary Farrell told Independent.ie that the community is struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

"The whole community is in shock, the family are traumatised. It's absolutely heartbreaking. They're a young family, well-known in the area. It really is such a tragic loss," she said.

It's understood that Ollie's school, a local creche in Monamolin, has been closed for the week as a sign of respect.

Labour Councillor George Lawlor said: "As far as I'm aware Ollie was in good health but it's hard to know the cause of death at this stage. It's just an awful tragedy, the whole community is deeply affected by this. It's unimaginable heartbreak for the family.

"My thoughts and condolences are with the Dempsey family."

The funeral for Ollie Dempsey will take place on Friday at St Moling's Church Monamolin for Mass Of The Angels at 1pm.

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