Tributes pour in for tragic mum found dead near M50 toll bridge

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Tributes to tragic mum Nicola Keane continued to pour in today amidst calls to provide greater support to nurses in these challenging times.

On Thursday, Nicola was found dead beneath the M50 toll bridge – just hours before her infant son was discovered unresponsive at home.

The mum of one, who was in her 30s, was found dead at Lower Road in the Strawberry Beds near Lucan, Co Dublin in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The paediatric nurse — who was originally from Ballina, Co Mayo, but moved to Dublin six years ago — had been seen acting erratically near the M50 toll bridge at about 3.45am on Thursday.

Gardai found her body several hours later and went to her home on Shackleton Way.

There, Nicola’s seven-month-old boy Henry was found unresponsive.

Gardai woke her partner, Darren Coleman, who had been unaware his son was dead upstairs.

Henry’s body was taken to Crumlin children’s hospital, where Nicola worked, and a postmortem examination has concluded that he died of asphyxiation.

Officers are treating the incident as a family tragedy and are not seeking anyone in connection with it.

Funeral arrangements for Nicola and Henry are not yet known at this time.

But tributes and condolences continued to pour in throughout the weekend, with many taking to social media to praise Nicola.

Many spoke of her as a kind and gentle person and colleague, who helped countless sick children in their hour of need.

The Support for Nurses, Midwives and Frontline Staff in Ireland group wrote on Facebook: “The world of nursing is sadly once again in mourning.

“Our colleague Nicola Keane and her baby boy died tragically.

“To her heart broken partner, parents, family, friends and colleagues, we extend our deepest sympathies. Our hearts are broken for you.”

The group added: “Nicola, thank you for touching so many lives and for caring for so many sick children. It takes an incredibly special person to be a paediatric nurse and you truly were very special.

“Your work in this world is done Nicola. God has called you and your beloved little baby home.”

Many also took to social media to urge everyone to support nurses and other frontline staff, particularly as they continue to bravely care for others amidst the ongoing Covid pandemic.

Source: Dublin News