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Teen who died in Saint Patrick's Day disco tragedy is named

Teen who died in Saint Patrick's Day disco tragedy is named

A 17 year old girl, and two boys aged 16 and 17 have died following a suspected crush at a St Patrick's Night disco in Co.

"There seems to have been struggling going on to get people up off the ground".

"Preliminary investigations show there was a crush towards the front door of the hotel".

He added: "We are of an open mind... it looks like a crowd of young people, a large crowd, pushing up against the front of the hotel to get in to this event".

"We made an urgent appeal via social media to parents of the young people to come and collect them from a Friends and Family Centre which was established in the nearby Glenavon Hotel".

Hamilton said the Northern Ambulance had received reports of people injured shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday local time and declared it a major incident, calling out police, Fire Service and Environmental Health.

"We need parents to talk to their children this morning and encourage them to come and tell us what happened".

"NIAS despatched two rapid response paramedics, two doctors and five emergency crews to the scene".

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: "It is a truly bad incident, heart-wrenching for everybody, particularly the families".

Police at entrance of the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown Co Tyrone in Northern Ireland where three people have died
Police at entrance of the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown Co Tyrone in Northern Ireland where three people have died

"Police arrived within two minutes of the call from the ambulance service and quickly secured the scene", he said.

One of the deceased died at Antrim Area Hospital, the other at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh.

There were distressing scenes as some people who knew those who died broke down in tears at the police cordon. "Please share them with the PSNI", a spokesperson said.

A small number of people also suffered injuries as a result of the incident, police said.

"There was a St Patrick's night event in the hotel and it was full of young people", he said.

The hotel had been holding a St Patrick's Day event, and police urged parents to pick up their children from the venue in Drum Road.

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster tweeted that her "thoughts and prayers" were "with everyone impacted by this tonight".

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said: "I am deeply sorry to hear that three young people tragically lost their lives at a hotel in".

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families", she added.

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