Family devastated after girl (5) is fatally injured by gate

Sienna Joyce
Sienna Joyce

A FAMILY is in mourning today after their five year old girl received fatal injuries when she was crushed by a gate at her home.

Sienna Joyce, who has been described as a "bright and bubbly" girl, was hit by the falling gate on Monday but passed away later in hospital when her injuries proved devastating.

Sienna was out playing with her little cousins on Monday at her home at Wotton Bridge, Bullstown, The Ward between Finglas and Ashbourne when the tragedy.

She was rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital, where she later died.

Sienna, who had been attending St Margaret's National Scool in Finglas in her first year, was part of a large settled Travelling family living in the area.

This is not the first tragedy to hit the Joyce family. In 2012 Sienna's four-year-old cousin Logan Joyce drowned in the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown.

Logan, also from Ashbourne Road, was found floating facedown in the 'lazy river' section after his father had lost sight of him on July 22 that year.

Family member and Pavee Point spokesman Martin Collins said he and the rest of Sienna's family were devastated over the news of her death.

"She was bright, bubbly and full of energy,” he said.

“In fact, on the day of this tragic accident she was playing with her brothers and sisters and her cousins when the gate collapsed and unfortunately she was trapped underneath it.

“The family are devastated and in a state of shock as well and it will be a long time, if ever, when they come to terms with this,” he added.

Sienna's cousin Kellie Joyce said she was beautiful, cherished and adored by everyone who knew her.

“Her parents are completely heartbroken. I've never seen anything sadder in my entire life,” she added.

Gardai confirmed that they attended the scene of a "tragic accident" in which a young girl was crushed by a gate on Monday.

They do not suspect any foul play.

Speaking following Sienna's wake last night Mr Collins said the entire Travelling community was devastated.

"All of our thoughts and prayers go to the family because in the last five years they have gone through hell," he said.

Sienna's funeral takes place at the Church of the Annunciation in Finglas today at 11am.