Child (4) dies after being hit by car at Sligo caravan park

Young girl taken to hospital after incident in Enniscrone but later died

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A four-year-old child has died after being hit by a car in a caravan park in Enniscrone, Co Sligo.

Emergency services and gardaí were called to the scene on Friday afternoon, after the child was seriously injured in an incident involving a car.

It is understood a car reversed into the young girl, who was rushed to University Hospital Sligo afterwards but later died.

A Garda spokesman said “a family liaison officer has been appointed to support the family at this time”.

It is understood the incident occurred in the Atlantic Caravan Park, which is located beside the sea in the small village.

Seaside community

Independent Cllr Joe Queenan said the local community was “numb” following the death of the child. “We’re devastated for the family, our thoughts and prayers are with them,” he said.

“In my lifetime I can’t remember a tragedy of this nature,” he said. Enniscrone was a small, tight-knit seaside community that had been “shocked” by the news, he said.

Independent Cllr Michael Clarke, from Dromore, Co Sligo, said the death of the young child was a “very sad” incident and offered his sympathies to the family of the girl.

The Enniscrone area was a popular holiday spot and was expected to be busy over the weekend, he said. The news on Friday had come as a “terrible shock” to the local community, he added.

The road outside the caravan park is closed until further notice.

Jack Power

Jack Power

Jack Power is a reporter with The Irish Times