Community in mourning after death of Cork boy (15)

Eric Stanton died after falling into the Glashaboy river while riding a horse

A community was in mourning on Sunday following the death of a 15-year-old boy who died after falling into a river while riding a horse on the outskirts of Cork city on Saturday evening.

Locals in Mayfield expressed their shock and sympathy following the death of Eric Stanton in the tragic accident in the Glashaboy river in Riverstown.

It is understood that Eric from Avonmore Park in Mayfield was with some friends in a field near the site of the former John Barleycorn Hotel in Riverstown when the accident happened.

It is believed that Eric was riding bareback on one of half a dozen horses grazing in the field when the horse stumbled near the Glashaboy, throwing the boy into the fast flowing river.

Two friends who were with Eric raised the alarm following the incident which happened shortly after 6pm on Saturday evening and the emergency services responded quickly.

Gardaí from Glanmire along with members of Cork City Fire Brigade and paramedics attended at the scene which is opposite the John O'Callaghan Park amenity area in Riverstown.

A major search operation was launched and the boy was recovered some 30 minutes later by members of the Fire Brigade, having been swept downstream. He was under water for some time.

Eric was in a critical condition and paramedics worked on him at the scene to try and resuscitate him before he was transferred by ambulance to Cork University Hospital.

Doctors at the emergency department continued to treat Eric but he failed to regain consciousness and he was pronounced dead shortly after 11pm on Saturday night.

Supt Tom Myers of Mayfield Garda Station described the incident as "a terrible tragedy" and extended his sympathies to the boy's family on their loss.

He said that gardaí will await the results of a postmortem and they will then prepare a file on the boy’s death for an inquest at Cork City Coroner’s Court.

Local Workers Party Cllr Ted Tynan also extended his sympathies to Eric's parents, Jimmy and Catherine, and his siblings Michael, Emma, Lisa, Mark, James and Amy on their loss.

“It’s a terrible tragedy and people are shocked and saddened by what happened- it’s a bloody shame and a terrible loss- a young fellow with his whole life in front of him,” said Cllr Tynan

“He was very involved in Mayfield Boxing Club and I was talking to some of the lads in the club and said he had great shown great discipline and was getting on really well in the club.

“I would know the family from canvassing the estate and it’s very sad for them and our thoughts are with them at this time - it’s a terrible tragedy and a huge loss for them.”


Barry Roche

Barry Roche

Barry Roche is Southern Correspondent of The Irish Times