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GoFundMe Fundraiser for woman struck in face by firework in Galway receives outpour of support

The horrifying incident occurred shortly after midnight on Friday morning when the 'young student' was sitting at a bus stop

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Eyre Square in Galway city

Eyre Square in Galway city

Eyre Square in Galway city

A fundraiser for the woman struck by a firework in Galway city centre on Friday has seen incredible community support.

The horrifying incident occurred shortly after midnight on Friday morning when the young student was sitting at a bus stop beside the taxi rank in Eyre Square.

She had been sitting at the bus stop when someone fired a firework across hitting her directly in the face causing “serious physical injuries” and “emotional repercussions.”

A GoFundMe page was set up on Monday to raise money to cover the victim’s medical expenses, which has seen more than 200 donations in the last 18 hours.

Almost €5,000 of the fundraiser’s €30,000 goal has been raised to date.

In an emotional passage on the GoFundMe page, the appeal’s creator Ann explained that the victim “wishes to keep her details private” but said that she and her family “appreciate every kind word.”

She said: “On October 23rd news outlets began to report a tragic incident which had happened in Galway during the night.

“By midday the whole country seemed aware of the incident, but also truly gripped by the story because of how heart-breaking the situation is and how simply it could have been any family’s experience.

“A beautiful and kind young student from Galway was struck by an illegal firework which had been set off pointed at crowded Eyre Square.

“Several reckless and careless people who lacked not only common sense in the first place but the respect and basic morals to come forward afterwards have seriously hurt a wonderful young woman and shaken her entire world.

“There are extremely serious physical injuries and emotional repercussions of this accident which we hope to provide for.”

Ann praised the young woman for being “so resilient” as she recovers from the incident.

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“Accidents like this are terrifying and life-altering but surrounded by family and friends, our girl has already reminded us of how strong she is and so undeserving of such a nightmare.

“Physically, mentally, and emotionally, trauma such as this lead to huge expenses, and we are grateful for any help. We’re hoping to raise this money in order to financially aid the further medical treatments which will be required.

“Coming up to the holiday season we ask for the public’s help for this family.

“We are so grateful for any support whether it be donating a couple euro or sharing our plea and reaching out to your local representatives to discuss the obvious issues threatening public safety in the wake of frequent incidents such as this which could have been avoided.”

Donations can be made to the GoFundMe page here.

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