Cork teenager hospitalised with suspected spinal injuries after fall from nightclub roof

Eighteen year old Ciara O’Brien.
Eighteen year old Ciara O’Brien.

A Cork teenager is in hospital with suspected spinal injuries after she fell from a roof of a club during a night out.

Eighteen year old Ciara O’Brien was airlifted from Cork University Hospital to the Mater Spinal Injury Unit yesterday after the accident in Kinsale in the early hours of the morning.

Gardai have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the fall and were interviewing staff at the pub yesterday where a ‘Beach’ themed party had been held.

The accident happened from a flat roof of the Moorings nightclub on Market Street sometime after 2.30am on Saturday morning.

“An 18-year-old girl fell from the flat roof of a licenced premises on Market Street,” a Garda Spokesman confirmed.

“She was taken to Cork University Hospital and was subsequently transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin.  There is an ongoing investigation in the incident.”

The teenager was partying with staff in newly opened Moorings Venue when she fell from a height at the side of the building.

This picture shows the pretty blonde attending her Debs ball earlier this week.

Ciara, who completed her leaving cert this year at Kinsale Community School, had just got a part time job at the venue but was out with other staff members during a themed ‘Beach Night’ when the accident occurred. Her family are said to be devastated.

Declan Ryan of The Moorings, last night told the Sunday World, that he had met with the Gardai and that all the staff at the venue were ‘hoping and praying she will be OK.’

Ryan, who was once a director of Benners Hotel in Tralee, said he does not own The Moorings but was working at the club at the time of the accident.

“It was simply just a freak accident. I’m not the owner but I was working at the club. Ciara was meant to be working but she attended a staff party instead. I wasn’t socialising with them and I don’t drink. I am a pioneer,” he said.

“It was just an accident. She fell about 8 foot from the side of the building. It wasn’t in the club it was beside it.”

Mr Ryan said that he was liaising with Gardai and with owner Joe Kenny who he said was away and could not be contacted.

It is understood that an ambulance was called after Ciara fell from the side of the building and she was rushed to Cork University Hospital.

Her family were contacted but yesterday the teen was transferred to the Mater Hospital and it’s spinal injury unit.

Sources close to the family say that medics will access Ciara over the coming days in order to establish if she has sustained any long term injuries.

Local Councillor Kevin Murphy said people in the Kinsale area are devastated about the accident which happened in a nightclub which only opened six weeks ago.

“We’re deeply sorry to hear of the accident last night”, said the Fine Gael councillor.

“She is a gorgeous young girl. Her family are the nicest people you ever meet.  They are salt of the earth.

“It’s dreadful shock to the Kinsale area. People are shell-shocked with this accident and deeply upset. The family are very well-known in the locality and one of them is nicer than the other.”