THERE is sadness in Limerick this week after a young girl from Dooradoyle died in a tragic farm accident in Cork.
Latvian national Paula Dinsberga, 8, died while playing on a farm at a friend’s accommodation in Rusheen, Newtownshandrum, near Charleville.
While playing with an 11-year-old friend, named as Kerija Pliesnanis, the pair ran in front of a tractor being driven by the older girl’s father Edgar.
She remains in a critical, but stable condition at Cork University Hospital.
Paula grew up in the Orchards estate in Huntsfield, Dooradoyle, where a black ribbon hung at the door of the family home this Monday.
Devastated mother Linda described her eldest daughter as a “bright, intelligent, popular girl”.
“People are asking me what do I need. All I want to do is just see my daughter,” she said this Monday.
There were heartbreaking scenes at the home as shocked friends and relatives called to offer condolences.
The deceased girl’s parents had earlier attended a relative’s wedding in their native Latvia, and were met on their return at Dublin Airport by Mallow Gardai to be told the terrible news that their daughter had died.
Linda said all she, husband Raivo, and Paula’s six-year-old twin brothers, and one year-old sister, wanted to do was travel to Cork to see their daughter following a post-mortem.
“We are waiting for [Gardaí] to call us and then we can go and see her. Everybody asks what I need, but I just want to see my daughter,” she said.
The Dinsberga family had lived in Dooradoyle for a number of years, and were well-liked across the community, local Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler said.
“As a father myself, my heart goes out to their parents. I cannot even imagine what they must be going through. The family were popular members of the community in Huntsfield, and were also prominent members of the Latvian community. It shows how multicultural a community we have there,” Cllr Butler said, “I heard they were active members and very committed to the community. She was such a vibrant young girl, and seemingly had a great personality.”
Doras Luimni CEO Karen McHugh sent their deepest sympathies, and offered their support if required.