Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Irish president cancels island visit after schoolgirl’s death

Irish president Mary McAleese's visit to a rural community has been cancelled following the death of a young girl in a tragic accident.

Aisling Sullivan (5) died from injuries she sustained when a fireplace fell on top of her at her home.

Her father Jack had been removing the fireplace when Aisling ran into the room and pulled it down on top of her, it is understood.

She lost her fight for life at Cork University Hospital where her life-support machine was turned off.

The accident happened at her home on Bere Island, off Cork's southwest coast.

Aisling was Jack and Anne Sullivan's only daughter. The couple have four sons.

President McAleese had been due to visit the island for the first time over the weekend to officially open the Bere Island Heritage Centre, which was built by Mr Sullivan.

The visit was called off as a mark of respect to the family.

Aisling’s Requiem Mass will take place at noon tomorrow at St Michael's Church on the island.

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