Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Two dead following St Patrick's Day event in Irish hotel

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Jeannette Daniel | 18 March, 2019, 18:58

Two people have been killed in a stampede at a St Patrick's Day party for teenagers in Northern Ireland.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has confirmed that a 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy lost their lives by the entrance of the Greenvale Hotel & Restaurant on Drum Road, Cookstown on Sunday night.

"Preliminary investigations show there was a crush towards the front door of the hotel".

Police said the cause of the incident in Cookstown, County Tyrone, was unclear but they had received reports of a "crush".

'At this stage the cause of the incident is unknown, however police have commenced a full investigation into the circumstances, ' he said.

"Police arrived within two minutes of the call from the ambulance service and quickly secured the scene", he said.

"Three patients have been taken, by ambulance, to Antrim Area hospital for treatment for various injuries and another to Craigavon Area hospital".

The ambulance service said it had taken four people to hospital. "Please share them with the PSNI", a spokesperson said. He said one young person was brought to him by a friend to have their pulse checked.

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Speaking from the scene to the BBC, UUP councillor Trevor Wilson said: 'There's clearly a deep sense of shock here tonight that an event for young people just wanting to celebrate St Patrick's night went so horribly wrong'.

"My two boys were there so I rang them, shaking and thankfully got them both", she said.

"While it's not clear exactly what happened, it's the most tragic ending imaginable to what was supposed to be a celebration of St Patrick's Day", said the 42-year-old mother.

A source cited by Belfast Live said that something wrought chaos at the night party that was taking place at a auto park just outside the hotel.

"They came home very, very shaken with rumours that some people had died".

And Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O'Neill called it a "parent's worst nightmare". I know that the police are treating it as a major incident, and all the emergency services are on the scene.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families", she added.

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