A schoolgirl remains in a stable condition in hospital this week following a road collision near the Westmeath-Cavan border last Wednesday evening, September 18. The local communities across three-neighbouring counties have rallied in support of the teenager and her family, holding vigils in the hope she makes a full recovery.
The 14-year-old from Ballymachugh, Finea, the incident happened at 4.20pm on Wednesday last week when she had just climbed off a bus from school at Kilgolagh Cross on the Kilcogy to Finea Road.
It is understood she was crossing the road when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The accident happened less than mile from her home.
The girl was immediately moved to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar by paramedics who attended the scene, and later transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where she was treated for her injuries, described as serious, but she is understood to be in a stable condition.
The Kilcogy to Finea road at Kilgolagh Cross remained closed for a time as gardaí carried our a forensic examination of the scene, while local diversions are put in place for that period.
Two vigils organised by the community were held in St Mary’s Church, Carrick, one on the night following the accident, and the second held last Friday, September 20.
The teenager is the eldest of three children, and a second-year student at Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School where her classmates and teachers have also held a healing Mass since the accident.
One local told The Anglo-Celt the tragic accident had shocked the tight-knit communities in the area, and across the three counties of Cavan, Westmeath and Longford, but that their “thoughts and prayers are with the family”.
“It could have been anybody’s child. She is a lovely girl and her family are very well known and well-respected in the area. We all hope now that she makes a full recovery and we see her back home with us very soon.”
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