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Parents pleaded with Emily (10) to wake up as she lay dying

THE devastated parents of a ten-year-old girl who collapsed and died as she was warming up for a camogie match arrived on the scene as paramedics battled desperately to save her life.

Emily Wilson, a fourth class pupil at the local school in Gortnahoe, Tipperary, suffered a suspected heart attack while doing her warm-up exercises before an underage game.

Witnesses said Emily collapsed "in a heap" in front of shocked onlookers minutes before the start of the match at Gortnahoe-Glengoole GAA grounds in Co Tipperary at around 9.30am on Saturday.

Emily was carried to the side of the pitch where club mentors carried out CPR in an attempt to resuscitate her.

Trained mentors in her club also used a defibrillator and there were faint signs that she might pull through in the moments following her collapse, the Herald has learned.

Emily's mother Caitriona Clutterbuck is a prominent poet and academic originally from the Ballingarry area of Tipperary, both she and her English-born husband, Nick Wilson, had been living in the townsland of Clonmiclan near Gortnahoe since they got married 12 years ago.

"When they arrived, they had the look of utter shock on their faces," one parent said. "They were there willing her on and pleading with her to wake up. It was a desperate sight."

Emily's parents had rushed to the scene in the village of Gortnahoe after they were contacted by other parents.

Emily was rushed to South Tipperary General Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

Her heartbroken parents are said to be inconsolable with shock and grief at the loss of their only child.

A family friend said that the "happy, healthy and active child" had been playing sport for many years and the family were not aware that she suffered from any underlying heart condition.

"They're very well known and very well liked. There's a very sombre mood in the community," said Fr John O'Rourke from Gortnahoe parish.

"Whether it was sport, or singing in the choir run by her parents, or serving Mass, Emily was always involved and everyone knew her. We are in deep shock," he added.

Emily's remains will repose in Doyle's funeral home in Urlingford, with her funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11.30am, followed by burial at the Good Sheppard Cemetery.

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