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€40K raised for Ballyfermot attack victim Alanna Quinn Idris (17) who may lose eyesight

Alanna Quinn Idris (17) was rushed to St James' Hospital on December 31st after she and her friend Louis were attacked by a gang in Ballyfermot just before 10pm
Alanna Quinn Idris (17) who was attacked outside the Civic Centre on the Ballyfermot Road

Alanna Quinn Idris (17) who was attacked outside the Civic Centre on the Ballyfermot Road

Neasa Cumiskey

A community fundraising effort to help a teenage girl who suffered “life-threatening injuries” after a brutal attack in Dublin on New Year’s Eve has raised more than €40,000.

Alanna Quinn Idris (17) was rushed to St James' Hospital on December 31st after she and her friend Louis were attacked by a gang in Ballyfermot at approximately 9.30pm.

She was badly hurt – suffering a shattered tooth, broken bones in her cheek, and extensive damage to her eye socket - but was saved from more serious injury when her friend and a passerby intervened.

The teenager has been told that she will likely lose sight in her eye as a result of her injuries.

A GoFundMe page was quickly set up by a member of the community, which has raised €40,190 to date. The funds will be split evenly between Alanna and Louis.

Writing on the fundraiser page to thank people for their support, Alanna said: “I just want to start this post off by saying thank you so so much to everyone who’s sent me a message over the past few days.

“I’ve been absolutely showered with love and support by so many kind hearts, I’m trying my best to reply to everyone as fast as possible, but I just want to say that words cannot express how grateful I am for every single one of you.

“I’m not the best at writing things but I just want to say that throughout this whole experience I’ve tried my best to maintain a positive attitude and just be appreciative of the fact that both me and Louis are still here alive and safe.

“Today was admittedly harder. I’ve finally accepted that there is an over 90pc chance that I won’t be able to see out if my right eye again, which sucks because my right side is my good side lol.

“Despite all this I am genuinely just so so grateful that Louis is recovering well and was there with me that night, don’t know what I would do without you now haha, as well as everyone else that intervened and got us the help we needed.”

Alanna Quinn Idris was left with a shattered tooth, broken bones in her cheek, and extensive damage to her eye socket (Katie Smyth/GoFundMe)

Alanna Quinn Idris was left with a shattered tooth, broken bones in her cheek, and extensive damage to her eye socket (Katie Smyth/GoFundMe)

Speaking on Newstalk on Tuesday, Alanna’s mother Jamie described the attack as “devastating” and said that she’s “so grateful” that Louis was there with her when it happened.

“There was a little bit of a scuffle. Alanna was punched in the face and fell to the ground.” she explained, adding that she believes her daughter was then “hit with something.”

“She got back up as they were hitting her friend - they were trying to protect each other.

Jamie Quinn at her home in Ballyfermot following the attack on her daughter Alanna. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Jamie Quinn at her home in Ballyfermot following the attack on her daughter Alanna. Photo: Steve Humphreys

“I don’t think a punch to the face can cause all the damage. But I’m not 100% sure - I wasn’t there, and don’t really know exactly what happened.

“There may have been a little bit of confusion in some reports saying the argument began with Alanna’s friend - that’s not true at all. He was there and he helped her.

“The argument started with boys who have tormented Alanna for a long time - they didn’t know Alanna’s friend.

“If he hadn’t have been there, I don’t know what have happened to Alanna. We’re so grateful to him.”

Those who would like to contribute to the fundraiser can do so here.


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