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Thursday 14 December 2017

Teen dies from playground injury

A teenage boy has died after he was grievously injured during a school playground incident.

Oisin McGrath (13) was a pupil at St Michael's College in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, and was hurt while playing football during his lunchbreak on Monday afternoon.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested and later bailed pending further police inquiries into what happened.

First Minister Peter Robinson tweeted: "Young Oisin McGrath's death is heartbreaking. I'll be praying for his family and all those devastated by this sad news tonight."

Fr Seamus Quinn had been at the victim's bedside. He said: "People were shocked when they heard that there were no signs of life and the support would be gradually removed."

Oisin (inset), a keen Gaelic footballer from the village of Belcoo in Fermanagh on Northern Ireland's western border with the Republic, was treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Fr Quinn said Oisin was a very well-grounded and well-rounded young teenager. "He was happy and helpful, genuinely helpful, intelligent young fella. They are a well-loved and well-respected family, they are solid, salt of the earth people."

He said the community in Belcoo had been united in prayer for Oisin, with 500 people attending Mass on Wednesday night at St Patrick's Church in Holywell.

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