Man dies after following fall from Limerick city flat

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A YOUNG man who sustained serious injuries when he fell from a derelict building in the city centre has died.

A YOUNG man who sustained serious injuries when he fell from a derelict building in the city centre has died.

David Byrnes, 26, from Cedarwood Grove, Castleconnell was found unconscious in the basement area of a flat at Catherine Street in the early hours of Sunday morning,

The emergency services were alerted at around 3.30am and Mr Byrnes was removed by ambulance from the scene to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle. He was treated at the hospital’s intensive care unit where he later died from his injuries.

According to gardai, a number of eyewitnesses reported seeing him falling from a first-floor window of the three-story building, which is located directly opposite the HSE offices on Catherine Street.

It is understood Mr Byrnes fell around 12 feet from the window and that he sustained serious head injuries when he hit the ground.

Gardai investigating the incident believe he may have been trying to leave the house when he fell.

“It would seem he was not aware that there was a drop into the basement outside this window,” said Supt Frank O’Brien of Henry Street Garda station.

The scene of Sunday’s accident was sealed off and examined by gardai at the weekend and a number of witnesses have been interviewed.

The Limerick Leader has learned that the house where Mr Byrnes fell has been vacant for some time and that it is frequently used by street drinkers.

It is believed that a number of other people were with David Byrnes when he fell.

Flowers have been placed on the street railings outside the house by family and friends of Mr Byrnes. His funeral mass will take place on Thursday afternoon at Ahane Church.

He is survived by his parents Rachel Cotter and Tom Byrnes, brother Evan and his son David.