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Thursday 15 November 2018

Woman dies after collapsing in pub on pals' night out

The Empire bar in Swords
The Empire bar in Swords

The community of Swords is in mourning following the death of a young woman who collapsed in a bar and died shortly afterwards.

The 25-year-old woman was enjoying a night out with friends at Empire Bar on Main Street, Swords, when she took ill before midnight on Friday.

It is believed she may have suffered from an underlying medical condition.

Tragic

Emergency services were called to the scene and paramedics from Dublin Fire Brigade were present, but despite their best efforts, the young woman died.

She was later moved to Blanchardstown Hospital, where a post-mortem examination was due to be performed.

"It's absolutely a tragic thing to have happened and the way it happened," said one local man.

The Empire Bar was contacted for comment but no one was available to speak.

Separately, warm tributes were paid to 25-year-old Paul Gillen, from Ballyroan, Co Dublin who collapsed while playing football with his brothers and a group of his friends on Thursday.

Paul was born with a heart condition known as pulmonary stenosis.

The avid football fan worked with his father Padraig at Thermal Insulation Distributors in Blanchardstown.

Paul's brother David told the Herald that he was "absolutely devastated" following his brother's death. "He was playing football with myself and our brother when he collapsed. It was devastating," David said.

"He was an outstanding Gaelic football player and an incredible soccer player. He had the best left foot I've ever seen."

Paul's sister Lisa also paid tribute to her brother.

Heartbreak

"I will always look up to you. Words cannot describe the heartbreak we are all feeling. I love you forever big man," Lisa wrote on Facebook.

Football club Firhouse Clover said that the club was "deeply saddened" by Paul's passing.

Paul was reposing at his home last night. His funeral Mass is due to take place today at 10am in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Ballyroan, followed by burial in Mount Venus Cemetery.

Paul's sister Lisa had asked for mourners to wear red at his funeral as his "one true love" was Liverpool.

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