Wednesday 26 October 2016

Hero Roisin who protected toddler (1) in firebomb attack to receive bravery award

Roisin Halligan who suffered hand burns in the attack
Roisin Halligan who suffered hand burns in the attack

The mother of hero schoolgirl Roisin Halligan is “over the moon” that she will receive a bravery award from the President of Ireland.

Roisin was just 11 years old when she was badly burned while protecting her infant cousin during a petrol bomb attack on a house in Waterford City.

The courageous girl threw herself on top of one-year-old Lexie Halligan when someone hurled the petrol bomb through the front window of the home of her grandmother Nelly Halligan last October.

“All the family is so happy for Roisin,” said her mother Sabrina (32).

“Tears started flowing and we were all over the moon when we were told she’ll be getting an award from the president.”

President Higgins will present the 12-year-old girl with a National Bravery Award later this year.

“Roisin is our little hero. This award will mean the world to us. It is so amazing what she did to protect a one-year-old child,” she said.

She said her daughter was “a happy little girl” before the attack. She suffered serious burns to her leg and hand and spent six weeks in hospital.

“Her leg and hand are covered in bandages and she’ll be visiting hospital for the next three years.”

Baby Lexie suffered facial burns but has completely recovered.

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