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Thursday 27 April 2017

Student (19) dies after becoming ill in fast food restaurant

Student Lisa Niland
Student Lisa Niland

A student who was transferred by helicopter to a hospital in the capital after being taken ill at a fast food restaurant has died.

Lisa Niland (19), from Drimbane, Curry, Co Sligo, complained of feeling unwell in the restaurant last week and was taken by ambulance to the local university hospital.

Devastated

After a number of days she was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, where she died on Friday. The cause of death is unknown. She was a second year student at the University of Limerick.

Her funeral takes place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Curry today at noon.

Lisa's death has devastated her family and friends and deeply shocked the local community.

The family's death notice, posted online read: "Heartbroken, but gently returned to her creator by her loving and caring parents, Angela and Gerry, her sister and best friend Amy and her boyfriend Johnny."

Lisa was a keen GAA supporter and was a niece of well-known GAA referee John Niland.

A minute's silence was observed in her memory at the FBD inter-county football match between Sligo and Leitrim in Tourlestrane on Sunday.

"Lisa was a very popular member of the club and she played at several under-age levels, including minor," said Curry GAA club chairman Barry Gallagher.

"She was a good player who was outgoing and she was a good mixer at the club.

"Everyone at the club extends deepest sympathy to her family at this sad time.

"A sad event like this puts every other problem into perspective."

Grief

Fianna Fail councillor Paul Taylor said the entire region was united in grief at the death of Lisa.

"We are all grieving and our thoughts and prayers are with her family," he said.

"This is a devastating blow for all family and her friends. It is a big shock to everyone in the community."

A local woman said Lisa was "a nice, quiet girl from a very respectable family". "It's a terrible shock," she added.

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