A Cork teenager is recovering in hospital after falling from the roof of a nightclub in Kinsale at the weekend.
Ciara O’Brien, who had only received her Leaving Certificate results from Kinsale Community College two weeks ago, was attending a party at The Moorings nightclub when the accident happened.
It is understood the 18-year-old was on the roof in a restricted area in the early hours of Saturday when she fell three storeys and sustained spinal injuries.
The teenager was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for treatment and was later airlifted to the specialist National Spinal Injuries Unit at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.
Her injuries have been described as extremely serious but are not thought to be life-threatening.
Ciara, who attended her Debs last week, had just secured a part-time job at the venue, which reopened last month under new owners.
Sources say Ciara was not working the night of the incident, but was enjoying a night out with other staff members at the club’s beach-themed party before she fell from a flat roof shortly after 2am.
A Garda spokesperson confirmed the incident and said they are looking into what happened. They have interviewed staff members and partygoers who were present on the night.
“An 18-year-old girl fell from the flat roof of a licensed premise on Market St in Kinsale in the early hours of Saturday morning,” the spokesperson said.
“An Garda Síochána were called to the scene and the matter is now under investigation.”
Medics will assess the teen over the coming days to establish if she has sustained any long-term injuries.
Local sources say Ciara’s family are “shocked and devastated” but that the teen seems to be making good progress in hospital — family members have said her situation may not be as bad as it was first feared and are hoping for the best.
Rev Robert Young, parish priest in Kinsale, said his congregation prayed for Ciara at Mass.
“The whole community of Kinsale are praying for her and are wishing her a very speedy recovery,” he said.
“I can’t say I know the family personally but they would be well-known in the local area, well-respected.
“They are involved in the community and would be involved in GAA circles.”
It is understood that Joe Kenny, the new owner of The Moorings is away at the moment and has not been available for comment.
Staff at the nightclub called the incident a “freak accident” and say they are co-operating with gardaí in their investigation.
Yesterday, they shared a get-well message for Ciara on their Facebook page: “All our thoughts and prayers go out to our good friend Ciara O’Brien. Get well soon C and we hope to see you soon.”
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