Jack Quann
Jack Quann

14.28 23 Dec 2019


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The mother of a teenager who died at a music concert in Dublin says part of her heart is "empty", as she prepares for a fourth Christmas without her daughter.

Ciara Lawlor from Kilkenny was at a Kodaline concert in Marlay Park in July 2016 when she fell ill.

The 17-year-old suffered from a heart condition and was pronounced dead in hospital after she collapsed at the concert.

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The coroner ruled that she died of natural causes.

The inquest heard how Ciara seemed fine on the day and made no complaints about how she was feeling.

But three or four songs from the end, she collapsed and was then transferred to hospital where she later died.

There was hardly any alcohol in her system and no drugs.

Her mother, Eimear, told Lunchtime Live she misses her only daughter terribly on Christmas Day - but having two sons helps ease the pain.

"I get up for them, and they really miss their sister.

"I put them first and I try to have a brave face for them and that helps me to get up in the morning."

"It does an awful lot of difference.

"Part of your heart is empty, but there's other parts that are full because of the other children in your life".

"The pain was unbelievable, it was like somebody literally ripped my heart out, and I couldn't breathe with the pain... I did go to counselling."

"I force myself to do things and make new friends and take up new hobbies - cause you have to do that."

She said the first Christmas was "terrible, the second year was the worst, actually."

"Then you see other people moving on with their grief and their concerns for other people you just think 'Oh my God, everybody's moving on, but I'm not'".

"I never really got angry with the situation - I did think why me - what have I done to deserve this?".

She said her husband's family is very large, and they will come to their house.

"Kodaline wrote Ciara a song, so we'll play that and we'll listen to that and have remembrance".

She says Ciara's friends are still in contact with her.

"In my mind, she'll always be forever young - she'll always be exactly the same."

"She was very vivacious, she was very outgoing, she had lots of friends and they still get in contact with me.

"I remember thinking that was a bit hard - but sometimes you have to take a deep breathe and say that's life".


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