Teenage who died after fall through roof just loved climbing, Irish Examiner

Teenage who died after fall through roof ‘just loved climbing’

The mother of a teenager who died tragically after falling through a roof described her son as a wonderful boy who was “loved by everyone”.

Craig Hanlon McKeon (aged Nineteen) died after he fell through the roof of a former steel works factory at St James’s Street in Dublin.

The youthful man, who loved climbing, was walking along the roof with a friend when it partially collapsed on January Four, 2016.

The youthfull fish monger from Basin Street flats in Dublin eight died in hospital the following day.

Craig Hanlon McKeon

Speaking after an inquest hearing into his death at Dublin Coroner’s Court, his mother Fiona McKeon and relatives paid tribute to Craig, describing him as “a character”, who loved sport and was loved by his community.

“He was loving and providing. He loved his job, he loved sport and was indeed into his fitness. Everyone loved him. We are heartbroken,” Fiona McKeon said.

“He was one of the nicest, kindest youthfull boys you could meet. He was truly good to his mother,” aunt Susan McKeon said.

The inquest heard evidence from the youthful man’s friend, Conor Fitzgerald, who said the pair “just loved climbing”.

They had gone “on a ramble” after meeting earlier that afternoon, he said.

“We were bored. We determined to climb up on the roof. We both liked climbing and we dreamed to see what was up there,” Conor said.

They had climbed onto the steel works roof two or three times previously, gaining access through an apartment block nearby.

Craig was walking about two feet behind Conor when he fell, the court heard.

Dublin Coroner’s Court

“I heard a crack and a cracking noise and I looked back and Craig was gone. I don’t know what Craig stood on. I don’t think he tripped. He just fell straight down,” Conor said.

He instantly raised the alarm and gardai arrived at Four.40pm. Dublin Fire Brigade arrived two minutes later. Craig was rushed to St James’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead on January Five.

“The doctors said they had done all they could for him,” the man’s father Stephen Hanlon said in his deposition.

Dublin Coroner’s Court heard that the former steel works yard is used as a car park for staff working at St James’s Hospital.

Occupational therapist Riona Nolan was returning to her car park and when she heard a crash.

She said she had previously heard parts of the roof flapping and was cautious of it.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane noted that there were no persons with responsibility for the car park present in court.

Adjourning the case, the coroner told the youthfull man’s family that “a little more information was required” in order to finish the inquest.

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