A four-year-old boy is understood to have suffered head injuries after falling from an apartment block in Dublin’s north inner city.
The boy was being treated at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital after the fall from the Georges Hill apartments on Halston Street in Smithfield, Dublin 7, on Thursday.
The incident took place at around 6.45pm.
The child was believed to have been seriously injured and he was still being treated in hospital last night.
Residents reported seeing an ambulance and garda cars outside the apartment block on Thursday.
They said they were unaware of the identity of the child or what had happened.
It is understood that the child’s injuries, while serious, are not believed to be life-threatening.
It is thought that there has been no deterioration in his injuries since the fall.
“Everyone was very shaken. There’s a few children who live in the flats and I don’t know who the boy is but I’m hoping the best for him and his family,” one local man said.
“It’s an awful thing at Easter to happen. I hope the child recovers and is home soon.”
Another man said the area was a “pleasant, quiet place to live,” and he’d been “worried” when he saw blue lights flashing outside the flats.
“I didn’t know what had happened, I didn’t know a child had been hurt,” he said.
“It’s awful, I hope the wee fella is OK.”
Some of the flats are three-storey, while others are four but it is not known which storey the child fell from.
Windows open from the bottom in some sections of the red and grey brick apartment building, while others open in the centre.
The apartments are based close to a neighbouring national school, and St Michan’s parish church.
Focus Ireland also operates premises nearby.
Local representatives were unaware of what had taken place at the apartment block but those the Herald spoke to sent their best wishes to the child and his family.
The area, like most of Dublin and Ireland, is very quiet right now, according to residents, due to Covid-19 restrictions on movement.
Even the church nearby, which would ordinarily be gearing up for Easter celebrations, was closed.
The parish priest could not be contacted last night for comment.