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Pitch-death Emily (10) 'had no history of heart trouble'

THE little girl who tragically died just minutes after collapsing during camogie training had no underlying health conditions, the Herald understands.

Ten-year-old Emily Wilson is believed to have suffered a heart attack as she was running with friends at the Gortnahoe Camogie Club in Tipperary on Saturday morning.

A friend of the Wilson family told the Herald last night that Emily's parents, Nick Wilson and Caitriona Clutterbuck, were still unsure as to what caused their daughter's death.

"She had no underlying heart conditions at all. That is why the family are so numb with shock. Their world has collapsed – they've lost their only child and their little angel," the friend said.

A tragic picture has now unfolded of little Emily's final moments before she died.

After dropping his daughter off for her camogie practice, her father went into the nearby village to do some shopping.

Witnesses said Emily collapsed "in a heap" during training. Club mentors carried out CPR and used a defibrillator as the girl's parents were called.

They escorted Emily in the ambulance, but it became apparent during the journey that Emily had lost her battle for life.

Emily was an avid camogie fan and a fifth-class student at Gortnahoe National School. The school is expected to be closed until the end of the week as a mark of respect.

"The family are just in a daze. They are very private and are being comforted by those closest to them," said a friend.

Emily's remains will repose in Doyle's funeral home in Urlingford, with her funeral Mass taking place at 11.30am tomorrow, followed by burial at the Good Shepherd Cemetery.

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