Hospital apologises for administrative error at inquest of teenage girl who died after concert

Crumlin Children’s Hospital has apologised for an administrative error at an inquest into the death of a teenager at a Kodaline concert.

17-year-old Ciara Lawlor from Kilkenny collapsed at the Marlay Park gig in Dublin in July 2016 and later passed away from natural causes.

One of Ciara’s friends, Aoife Murphy, was visibly upset giving evidence at today’s inquest.


She said they got the bus to Dublin on 9th July 2016, met up with some other friends and went to Marlay Park for the Kodaline gig.

The inquest heard how Ciara seemed fine on the day and made no complaints about how she was feeling.

But 3 or 4 songs from the end, she collapsed and was then transferred to hospital where she later died.

There was hardly any alcohol in her system and no drugs.

A pathologist who examined Ciara’s heart said she had an extremely rare genetic heart condition that can cause sudden death – but this hadn’t been diagnosed.

She’d been receiving treatment for heart palpitations for a number of years – including an operation and different medicines – but the symptoms continued.

An admin error meant an appointment for an important follow-up test was never sent out.

The coroner also recommended that the hospital should give parents a written information document about the medicine their child is prescribed.