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Toddler in curtain cord tragedy hailed as 'little ray of sunshine'


The house off Dublin Hill, Cork city, where the family lived.

The house off Dublin Hill, Cork city, where the family lived.

The house off Dublin Hill, Cork city, where the family lived.

A toddler who died in a curtain cord tragedy has been described as "a little ray of sunshine".

Devastated neighbours and friends of one-year-old Leah Troy paid tribute to her following her death after getting tangled up in a cord while playing in a downstairs room at her home at Delaney Park, off Dublin Hill, Cork city.

Neighbours described Leah's mother and father, Alice and Mike, as devoted parents who idolised both her and her brother Alex (4).

The couple had moved into the area only recently, having been renting in another part of Cork city.


Mike is from Cork city while Alice is originally from Carrigaline.

Leah was discovered by her horrified mother when she went to check on the toddler shortly before lunch on Monday.

A curtain string had somehow become entangled around Leah's neck and she had accidentally strangled herself.

Desperate efforts by paramedics and doctors to revive her failed and she was pronounced dead at Cork University Hospital (CUH) shortly after being admitted.

Leah had celebrated her first birthday in mid-August.

"It was heartbreaking this morning when Alice arrived back at the house to collect some of Leah's toys, including a teddy bear," said one neighbour who asked not to be named.

"Neighbours called to the house to offer whatever help we could and just to tell Alice and Mike that we are there for them if they need us.

"Everyone is devastated."

The woman, whose own child is friendly with Alice and Mike's son, said the entire community had been left traumatised by the freak accident.

"It is unbelievable. One minute life is normal and the next you see a family dealing with this kind of freak tragedy. You just don't know what to say.

"Everyone knows everyone else around here. This estate is full of retired people and young families.

"It is a lovely place to live and everyone looks out for everyone else.

"We are just so devastated for them because they are such a lovely young couple and are such great parents.


"Every time you'd see them out with Leah and Alex they were smiling, laughing and happy."

A post-mortem was carried out at CUH yesterday and a file will now be prepared for the Cork coroner's office.

Gardai stressed that they are treating the incident as a tragic accident.