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Toddler who fell from balcony transferred to Temple Street in "critical" condition

The boy is in a serious condition in hospital.

The Strand Hotel.
The Strand Hotel.
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A TODDLER WHO fell from a sixth floor balcony has been transferred to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin and remains in a critical condition.

The little boy fell from the sixth floor of The Strand Hotel, Limerick, yesterday afternoon.

It’s understood he fell from the balcony shortly before 2pm.

He is believed to have received medical assistance from a local doctor who was nearby when the incident occurred.

The boy, who is understood to be aged two years old, and from Limerick, was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.

Gardaí confirmed this afternoon that the he had been transferred to Dublin.

A hotel representative said yesterday that their thoughts and prayers are with the injured boy’s family.

The hotel is working closely with the gardai to uncover how the incident occurred.

A hotel source confirmed that the boy’s parents were in the hotel at the time.

The hotel source confirmed the sixth floor was not booked for use, and it is unclear as to why or how the child came to be there.

The sixth floor is normally reserved for functions, business meetings, and parties.

A hotel spokesperson said: “We are still trying to determine what exactly happened.”

“We can confirm there was an incident at the hotel, around lunchtime, when a little boy came off the sixth floor.

He is critically ill.

“The hotel is liaising with the emergency services and the gardai, and the investigation is continuing.

The hotel’s thoughts and prayers are with the child and his family.

The boy is from Limerick city.

Very upsetting”

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Well-known Limerick hair stylist Niall Colgan – who runs a hair salon underneath the Stand – described the incident as “very upsetting”.

“Fair play to my client who shot out of my chair to tend to the little man until the ambulance arrived,” Mr Colgan said.

“She is a well-known and respected doctor who may have been instrumental in those few minutes,” he added.

Mr Colgan also paid tribute to his staff, “for getting through this afternoon… although we are in deep shock.”

Witnesses are asked to contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061-212400.

With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald

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