Shock at death of 13-year-old Longford girl

The 13-year-old girl who died tragically in Longford town on Monday has not yet been named by Gardai. The girl was a first year student at Scoil Mhuire in Longford town and her sudden death has shocked the entire community.

The 13-year-old girl who died tragically in Longford town on Monday has not yet been named by Gardai. The girl was a first year student at Scoil Mhuire in Longford town and her sudden death has shocked the entire community.

Scoil Mhuire principal, Paul Costello described the deceased as a "nice and happy" pupil, adding that students and teachers were last night still coming to terms with the news.

"She had plenty of friends here at the school. The teachers are upset and the children are upset. We just have to keep going," he said.

Mr Costello confirmed that he spoke with close family members of the deceased on Monday afternoon to express both his and the school's condolences. He also confirmed that counselling services were offered to students by the National Educational Psychological Services (NEPS) in conjunction with local HSE officers during the earlier part of the week.

It is understood gardai are not treating the death as suspicious, with a spokesperson describing the incident as a "tragic sudden death".

A post-mortem was carried out at the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore yesterday morning.