Toddler badly injured after being hit by car
A toddler is in a serious condition in hospital after she was knocked down in the driveway of a house.
The 16-month-old girl had been playing at her grandparents' home in the Carramacowan area of Kilbannon, near Tuam, Co Galway, when the incident occurred.
The little girl, named locally as Anna McDonagh, was struck by the car just before 6pm yesterday as the vehicle was being reversed out of the driveway.
It is understood that the car was driven by a family member who was left in shock after the incident.
"He was backing out of the driveway and the child just ran across the drive. There was nothing he could do," said one local.
The little girl is the only child of Edward and Bernadette McDonagh.
The family had been enjoying the Easter Bank Holiday Monday at the home of the child's grandparents.
A bouncy castle had been put up for the large number of grandchildren who gathered at the home.
"It had been a lovely day. She had been out in her Easter dress and she was showing off her new earrings," said a local.
"She is a lovely little thing and she'd been very happy just a short time before. Everyone was in shock after it happened. The poor man driving was just stunned."
The little girl was flown to University Hospital Galway by helicopter. However, her injuries were so serious that she was transferred to Temple Street Children's hospital in Dublin last night.
It is understood that she suffered serious head injuries.
Her devastated parents and wider family accompanied the baby girl to Dublin where they are keeping vigil by her hospital bedside.
Gardai have described the little girl's condition as serious.
A neighbour of the family, Sean Hogan, today paid tribute to the McDonaghs, adding that the entire community was praying for the child's recovery.
"They are the best neighbours you could ask for and would always do anything for you. They are just decent people and the nicest you could meet.
"This is a terrible tragedy. Everyone is just hoping the little girl will recover," he added.