GAA clubs pay trib­ute to Annabel (3) af­ter tragic ac­ci­dent in which fire­place col­lapsed

Irish Independent - - News - Jane Last

GAA clubs across Ire­land and around the world have paid trib­ute to the fam­ily of lit­tle Annabel Lough­lin (3).

Con­do­lences have been passed on to her griev­ing fam­ily through their lo­cal Clonkill GAA Club.

The club have re­ceived mes­sages from GAA clubs in Aus­tralia, the UK and from across Ire­land.

The WA GAA club in Perth sent their con­do­lences, adding Annabel’s fa­ther Enda played for their club, rep­re­sent­ing them at state level in 2008 and 2009.

It’s un­der­stood Annabel – the daugh­ter of for­mer West­meath hurler Enda Lough­lin and Eileen – died af­ter a fire­place par­tially col­lapsed in her home on Fri­day of last week.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing gar­daí are treat­ing the death as a tragic ac­ci­dent.

The lit­tle girl was the only daugh­ter of Enda and Eileen Lough­lin, and a lit­tle sis­ter to broth­ers Se­nan and TJ.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple at­tended her fu­neral at the Church of the As­sump­tion in Delvin, Co West­meath, on Wed­nes­day.

Her mother Eileen told mourn­ers her young daugh­ter “meant so much to so many peo­ple”.

“As a baby, right through to a three-and-a-half-year-old, Annabel never re­ally liked to sleep, but now I re­alise she was just try­ing to cram in as many hours of liv­ing as she could,” she said.

On the same day as the fu­neral, a minute’s si­lence for Annabel took place in Par­nell Park as Clonkill played against Bally­bo­den St Enda’s in the Le­in­ster Club Se­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship quar­ter-fi­nals.

The match went ahead as sched­uled with the bless­ing of Annabel’s fam­ily.

Meant so much: Annabel Lough­lin’s mother Eileen said her daugh­ter tried to ‘cram in as many hours of liv­ing as she could’

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