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'Terrible tragedy' Boy (13) dies after 'tragic accident' in Kilkenny school

Gardaí say they are treating the incident as a “tragic accident.”

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St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny

St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny

St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny

A young boy has died following an incident at a school in Co. Kilkenny yesterday.

The boy (13) was taken to St Luke's General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The child was reportedly injured after being hit by a sliotar at St Kieran’s College in Walkinslough on Monday, according to RTÉ News.

A file will be prepared for the coroner's court.

Gardaí say they are treating the incident as a “tragic accident.”

In a statement to local radio station KCLR, St Kieran’s college described the accident as a “terrible tragedy.”

It said: “St Kieran’s College deeply regrets that a tragic accident happened at lunchtime yesterday involving a young student of our school.

“The accident occurred while the students were playing normally.

“This is a terrible tragedy for his family, friends, parish and all in our school community. You will understand the need for privacy at this time.

“Prayers and offers of support have been pouring in and are greatly appreciated.

“Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service are present with us in the school supporting and advising teachers in their efforts to care for our students at this time.

“The school continues to be open to parents, to support them and to offer them advice and guidance.

“Each and every one of our students are precious to us – we pray for each other today – May St Kieran be for us a support at this time.”

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