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A girl has died following a bouncy castle accident in Co Waterford

A girl has died following a bouncy castle accident in Co Waterford

A girl has died following a bouncy castle accident in Co Waterford

An eight-year-old girl has died after sustaining serious head injuries when she fell from a bouncy castle.

The youngster was celebrating her Communion on Saturday when a gust of wind caught the inflatable and threw her out.

The accident happened at a house in the Coolnasmear area of Co Waterford.

The schoolgirl was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later. Gardai are investigating the incident.

The girl was named locally as Amy Byrne, who was among 15 youngsters who made her Communion at St Gobnait's Church in Kilgobinet.

Her grief-stricken parents Paul and Lorraine are due to bring her body back to the family home. Her funeral is expected to take place on Tuesday.

Parish priest Father Michael Kennedy, who gave Amy her First Communion, said the schoolgirl had carried a gift to the altar just hours before her tragic death.

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"Amy was the most beautiful little child," he said. "She was a lovely, sweet child. She was such a nice child and never caused one bit of trouble. She was a little role model."

Fr Kennedy said everyone associated with the close-knit community is in shock. Her devastated teachers from Coolnasmear National School, school friends and their parents attended a special mass in her memory.

"It's terrible," he added. "The whole place, everyone, we are all in shock. We are all praying."


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