Holidaymaker found dead in Corofin

Holidaymaker found dead in Corofin


Fire service personnel at the scene of the tragedy in Corofin this afternoon - Photo: © Pat Flynn, 2014
Fire service personnel at the scene of the tragedy in Corofin this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn, 2014

An elderly woman has died following an apparent gas leak in a camper van in Corofin this afternoon.

The 70-year-old, believed to be a UK national, was found at around 3.00pm today at the popular camper van and camp site. It’s understood the victim was found in her bed.

An ambulance and advanced paramedic unit from Ennis responded to the emergency call however the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her dog was discovered in a semi-conscious state and was taken from the scene by the county’s ISPCA dog warden and rushed to a local veterinary clinic.

Three units of the fire brigade also attended the incident while a technical examination was undertaken by garda crime scene investigation officers.

The woman’s body was removed from the scene to University Hospital Limerick where a postmortem examination will be carried out on Wednesday.

Gardaí say they are treating the tragedy as a ‘sudden death’ and there are no suspicious circumstances at this time.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.