Funeral for tragic drowning victim takes place on Thursday


The funeral of the 6-year-old who died following a drowning tragedy at the hotel she was staying in on the Spanish island of Mallorca takes place tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) at St. Michael’s Church of Creeslough.

Grace Mary Sweeney from Knocknafaugher, Dunfanaghy and Waterfoot, Co Antrim died on Wednesday last week, two days after being pulled from a swimming pool at the four-star HYB Eurocalas hotel in the Calas de Mallorca resort.

The youngster was rushed to hospital “in critical condition” on Monday afternoon, with police clearing a path for her ambulance so she could get there as quickly as possible.

A spokeswoman for an emergency coordination center run by the regional government said: ‘We took a call around 3.40pm on Monday to say that lifeguards had spotted a young girl lying motionless on the bottom of the pool and had dived to save her.

“They performed CPR on her after they pulled her out of the water because she had suffered cardiac arrest.

“Paramedics continued to try to resuscitate her after they reached the scene and got her breathing again in the back of the ambulance.”

She was taken to Son Espases Hospital where she later died. A routine police investigation into the incident is ongoing.

She is survived by her mother Geraldine, sister Cara and brother Patrick, and Geraldine’s partner Damien, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her dear father John in a tragic accident in London several years ago.

The requiem mass takes place at 12:00 p.m. followed by interment at Doe Cemetery. It can be viewed at

The family has requested that there be family flowers only with donations instead, if desired, to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. c/o any family member or James Harkin, Funeral Director, Creeslough.



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