Tribute to nightclub death teenager
Emotional tributes have been paid to a teenager who died after collapsing at a nightclub.
Ana Hick, 18, was at the Twisted Pepper in Dublin city centre in the early hours of Saturday when she became ill and subsequently died in hospital.
The teen had been a pupil at the Loreto Abbey Dalkey, Co Dublin, up until last year before going on to study in the Irish Film Academy in the capital.
Bosses at the nightclub said everyone was deeply saddened and devastated at the death.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Ana's family and friends at this tragic time," the Twisted Pepper said.
"We are working closely with the authorities and out of respect for Ana and her family we cannot comment further at this time."
Gardai said the teenager was in a serious condition when emergency services were called to the nightclub at 3am on Saturday morning.
She was treated in the Mater Hospital but died late yesterday afternoon.
It is understood Ms Hick was due to turn 19 tomorrow.
Officers from Store Street Garda Station are leading the investigation and a post mortem, including toxicology tests, will be carried out to determine the cause of death.
The force also issued a statement to say it has not made any official comment on whether any contaminated drugs are for sale in Dublin or anywhere else and issued a warning to drug users.
"All controlled drugs are toxic and dangerous and should not be taken," it said.
The teenager's parents, Tim and Elga, have appealed for privacy.
The Loreto school management, principal, staff and students offered their sympathies to the teenager's family, friends and class of 2014.
They also posted a prayer for her on the school website.
"Today is such a sad day for so many people in our school community," the school said.
"All of us who knew Ana will remember her as someone who was full of life and laughter, full of fun and talent. Her sad death reminds us again of the bonds we form as a school community. Even though one of us may no longer be here in the building our presence can still be felt.
"When we lose one of our own we all feel the loss."
The Loreto school said the teenager's parents were in their thoughts.
"We remember her parents. The depth of the loss they must be feeling today is unimaginable. May they find support in the people around them," the school said.
"And we remember Ana's friends both here in school and far beyond - she loved and appreciated you and our prayers are with you today too."
Rachel Sarah Murphy, founder and director of the Irish Film Academy, paid a heartfelt tribute to the teenager describing her as positive, fun-loving and sweet with an infectious laugh.
"She was one of life's beautiful people," she said.
"Our gorgeous classmate and friend Ana who shone so bright in life has taken her place amongst the stars. Ana your infectious laughter will ring out in the IFA forever. We love you. Shine bright xx."