SAFETY engineers are to examine a chimney to determine how it crumbled and forced a heavy fireplace onto a five-year-old boy – inflicting fatal injuries.
Fionn Dawson (5) died from horrific head injuries despite frantic efforts by his parents, Cormac and Anita, and paramedics to save him.
The little boy was playing in the sitting room of the family home at Coolgreen, White's Cross, Cork, when the incident occurred shortly before 2pm yesterday.
It appears that a part of the masonry in the chimney breast, on which the heavy fireplace was mounted, gave way.
This, in turn, resulted in the heavy fireplace falling on top of little Fionn, who couldn't get out of the way in time.
He was taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital (CUH) but was pronounced dead a short time later.
A Garda spokesman described the horrific incident to the Herald as a "tragic accident" and confirmed that a file will now be prepared for the Cork Coroner's Office.
An inquest into the tragedy is likely to be stage next year.
Locals expressed their shock at the tragedy and were today offering support to the grieving family.
The Dawson family are well respected in the area and are well known supporters and members of local hurling club, Sarsfield GAA.
Donal Kelleher, of Upper Glanmire Community Association, spoke of the community's shock at the loss of the young boy from such a popular family.
"The Dawson family are hugely involved in the community and everyone is totally shocked and upset by what has happened," he said.
Fionn's dad Cormac helps to care for young children and organises events for teenagers, including a youth disco.
Fionn's mother Anita is an accountant and helps in her spare time by working, for free, as treasurer for local groups.
Fionn's grandfather Pat Dawson is a former Labour Party councillor.
He also worked with Musgrave's Cash and Carry and the family built a house in picturesque Whitecross overlooking the nearby Northside city suburbs.
The family were "too upset" to comment on the tragedy.