Schoolboy (7) killed after fall from pony
THIS is the seven-year-old boy who died after being thrown from a pony.
The family of Patrick McCarthy have been left devastated after the freak accident.
They have described the schoolboy as their "little angel".
He was riding his pony at Blackpool, on the northside of Cork city, on Saturday.
It is understood he suffered serious head injuries after falling from the animal.
His grand-uncle Kieran McCarthy said he was finding it difficult to absorb the sudden loss of such a young child.
"Patrick just loved that pony," he said. "He just loved being out with the animals and playing.
"He had a great smile. We can't believe he has been taken from us. It is all so sudden."
Patrick was rushed to the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) by his parents, Helen and Patrick. However, he was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1.30pm on Saturday after efforts to save him failed.
He was due to make his Holy Communion next year alongside his classmates at St Oliver's National School in nearby Ballyvolane. Gardai at Mayfield in Cork city, are investigating the incident, which is being treated as a tragic accident.
Patrick is survived by his parents, Helen and Patrick, and his siblings Helena, Teresa and Martin, who range in age from eight to one.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised.
Last month, a 25-year-old man died after falling from a horse while riding in Co Offaly.
Colin Guinan (25) was thrown from a horse near his home in Banagher. He suffered severe head injuries and was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital.
Tragically, doctors were unable to stabilise the popular young man and he died in hospital.