Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Three teens die at St. Patrick's Day event at Northern Ireland hotel

Three teens die at St. Patrick's Day event at Northern Ireland hotel

The PSNI has confirmed that three young people have died following reports of a crush at a St Patrick's Day disco at the Greenvale hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

Two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old were killed in the incident at the Greenvale Hotel at about 9.30pm on Sunday.

"There seemed to be a little bit of struggling going on to get people up off the ground and that might explain also why there..."

Initial inquiries indicate that a large group of young people were waiting to enter the disco, and there were reports of some fighting after the incident commenced, according to a PSNI statement.

In a social media post, she said her thoughts and prayers were with everyone affected by the incident.

The cheerleading team said: "Euphoria are absolutely devastated to say we lost one of our senior athletes, Lauren Bullock, in the tragedy in Cookstown last night".

Paramedics, doctors and five emergency crews were dispatched to the venue at about 21:30 GMT. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said "an extensive police investigation" had been launched.

News of fatalities was confirmed by the police just after midnight and the community is said to be in shock.

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"Three patients have been taken, by ambulance, to Antrim Area hospital for treatment for various injuries and another to Craigavon Area hospital".

There were distressing scenes as some people who knew those who died broke down in tears at the police cordon.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it received several calls last night following reports of a number of people having sustained serious injuries. "Please share them with the PSNI", a spokesperson said.

She said: "My two boys were there so I rang them, shaking, and thankfully got them both".

Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O'Neill, whose Assembly seat of Mid Ulster partly covers Tyrone, tweeted: "Heartbreaking news coming from Cookstown tonight".

Buses which had brought children to the hotel later did laps of the area in a bid to locate young people who had scattered around the town amid the chaos of the emergency operation. A parents worst nightmare.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families", she added.

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