Monday 10 December 2018

'Popular' teen who fell 20ft from Dublin building dies from injuries

'Devastated' community pay tribute to Craig Hanlon (19)

Craig Hanlon (19) was a popular young man, a fan of extreme sports and music
Craig Hanlon (19) was a popular young man, a fan of extreme sports and music
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The 19-year-old youth who fell through a warehouse roof in the city on Monday has died from his injures.

Craig Hanlon, from Basin Street, and a friend are believed to have been on the roof of the vacant premises that is now used as a private car park on Basin View at around 4.30pm on Monday when the incident happened.

Craig’s friend heard a noise and looked back to see he had fallen through the roof onto the concrete around 20ft below.

He suffered devastating injuries - including to his head and spine - in the fall.

Dublin Fire Brigade crews treated him at the scene before he was brought to nearby St James’s hospital, where his condition was first described as critical.

But Craig did not survive his injuries and his death was confirmed this morning.

Gardai sealed off the scene and a technical examination was carried out on Tuesday morning.

Craig was described as a popular lad and a fitness fanatic by members of the local Fountain Youth Project.

“The whole community is devastated. Craig was a lovely lad,” said senior youth worker Paul McDonald.

“He was a pleasure to work with, always pleasant, and full of energy.

“Craig was into extreme sports like rock climbing and pier jumping, and loved the chance to show off his six-pack,” Mr McDonald added.

Craig had been involved with the Reel Youth film-making club and also DJed at the local Fountain Resource Group social events.

The centre opened all day on Tuesday and youth workers were available for all the locals who were affected by the tragedy.

Counselling was also available.

A small shrine of candles, flowers and rosary beads has formed at the entrance to the warehouse since the accident as locals expressed their grief and supported Craig’s family and friends.

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