Wicklow girl who died in Crete named


The Wicklow girl who died in a swimming pool while on holiday in Greece has been named as 15 year-old Laura Dempsey from Greystones.

Laura was discovered in the pool at the hotel in which they were staying by her parents at around 2.30pm on Sunday at the resort of Stalida.

Attempts were made to resuscitate the girl and emergency services were called. Paramedics and ambulance doctors also attempted to revive her but were unsuccessful.

Her body was removed to a local hospital where a post-mortem was scheduled to take place.

There was widespread shock as the news reached Greystones yesterday.

Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson said in a statement today “It was with deep sadness that I heard of the death of Laura Dempsey at the weekend. To her family, we extend our sincere sympathies and pray that they know God’s strength in their heartache and devastating loss.

Laura was a third year student in Temple Carrig School, Greystones, of which I am patron, and had just completed her Junior Certificate exams.

We hold Laura’s friends and the whole school community in our thoughts and hearts as they struggle to come to terms with their loss. We also pray for the principal, teachers, chaplain and staff of the school as they support the students in their grief.”


Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny with students at the official opening of Temple Carrig School in Greystones last year




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