A CORK camogie club has paid a glowing tribute to a mother and her newborn son who tragically died at Cork University Maternity Hospital this week.
An investigation was launched at CUMH on Monday after Marie Downey, aged 36, was found dead on the floor of her hospital room with her newborn child, Darragh, underneath her. The baby suffered devastating injuries and died the following day. It’s believed Ms Downey suffered a medical attack, possibly linked to epilepsy.
Minister for Health Simon Harris has said an independent review will be carried out into the deaths.
Ms Downey, who lived in the north Cork community of Kildorrery with her husband Kieran and two other children, was an employee of Novartis in Ringaskiddy and a former mentor and player with Douglas Camogie Club.
Cork All-Ireland winner and Douglas camogie’s Amanda O’Regan paid tribute to Ms Downey.
“On behalf of Marie’s former teammates and mentors, I would like to offer our condolences to Kieran, James, Seán, her parents Jim and Helen and all her family and friends on the tragic passing of Marie and her baby boy Darragh this week,” she said on social media.
“Marie joined the club after starting work in Cork and quickly became a valued member of the team that brought a first senior title to Douglas.
“Ballyagran’s loss was our gain,” she added.
“A quiet person most of the time Marie was well able to hold her own especially when the banter began - a regular occurrence given her preference for wearing a Limerick jersey to training.
“Her relationship with Kieran was a constant during Marie’s time with the club and even stood the test of him coaching her one season.
“Marie will always be remembered as a great teammate and friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew her,” said Ms O’Regan.
A rosary will be held in Ms Downey’s parents home in Ballyagran, Limerick, tonight at 9pm.
Ms Downey will repose at her home in Knockanevin, Kildorrery tomorrow between 3pm and 9pm.
Removal to St Michael’s Church, Ballyagran, will take place on Saturday for Requiem Mass at 1pm with burial afterwards in Castletown Cemetery.
A spokesperson for the South West Hospital Group said a full medical investigation is underway into both deaths.
Ms Downey was originally from Ballyagran, near O’Rourke’s Cross, on the Limerick side of Charleville.