Boy (8) dies of asthma attack
by sue doherty
An eight-year old Donegal boy has died after an asthma attack.
Hugh Simpson-Callaghan, Carn Road, Gleneely, was brought to Carndonagh Community Hospital on Monday evening but could not be resuscitated.
Although there have been reports that the asthma attack may have been triggered when Hugh choked on a chip at dinner, this has not been confirmed.
A spokesperson for Craigtown National School, where Hugh attended second class, said yesterday: "Craigtown National School lost one of their second class pupils tragically on Monday, January 10, Hugh Simpson-Callaghan.
"Hugh loved all sports - soccer, gaelic football and boxing were among his favourites.
"He was musically talented and indeed a born performer, as was seen in our recent Christmas production of Busy, Busy Bethlehem, when he played a leading role.
"Hugh loved school and carried out his schoolwork with great interest and enthusiasm. Hugh was popular with all the children in our school. He was full of fun and laughter. He was always smiling. Hugh was a friend to everyone. Hugh will be very sadly missed by all staff and children, their parents and members of our community."
Local councillor Charlie McConalogue said everyone in the small community has been deeply saddened by the news.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hugh's family. Any death is sad, but to lose a beautiful young child in these circumstances is heart-breaking and tragic.
"Hugh was one of five children. The family are very well-known in the area and this is having an affect on everyone, especially the young children who would have known Hugh or his siblings. They are, naturally, finding it very difficult to come to terms with this."
Gleneely and indeed Carndonagh will come to a standstill this morning, as the close-knit community says goodbye to Hugh. The funeral will leave the family home at 10.15am for Requiem Mass in The Church of The Sacred Heart, Carndonagh at 11 o'clock.
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