Community stunned and saddened at death of two-year-old boy in Milford

Tragedy in Milford

Community stunned and saddened at death of two-year-old boy in Milford
By Declan Magee declan.mage@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

The town of Milford has been left shocked at the sudden death of a two-year-old boy at the weekend.

Ricky McGinley died after being rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital on Saturday morning.

A post mortem was due to be carried out at Letterkenny University Hospital this morning.

The child, who had recently turned two, was taken to Milford Health Centre on Saturday morning, where he received medical attention.

He was then transferred to Letterkenny University Hospital by ambulance where he was later pronounced dead.

A Garda spokesman said gardaí are aware of the incident, but they are not investigating the death.

Ricky, of Moyle Hill in Milford, was the only son of Gerard McGinley and Ceara Devine.

He is also survived by his step sister Chloe. It is believed the child was being looked after by relatives at the time.

Ricky’s father, a keen cyclist, was on a charity cycle in Northern Ireland at the time, and his mother was at work.

Both the Devine and McGinley families are well-known in the Milford area.

Local priest Fr. Adrian Gavigan said Ricky’s parents have been left devastated by what he described as “a terrible accident”.

“A terrible tragedy has fallen on the parish and the whole community,” he said. “They are just devastated and all of the community has been gripped. They are surrounded by a big family and their friends, and they are supporting them the best way they can.

“It is like a nightmare that we would like to awaken out of, but unfortunately it is so real and so sad. People are bewildered just trying to figure out why. News like this travels so quickly and makes the whole place sombre. It has put a cloud over the whole community.”

Ricky will be laid to rest on Wednesday following 11 a.m. Requiem Mass at St Peter’s Church, Milford.

Burial will take place at Tully graveyard.

Pictured: Milford Health Centre where Ricky was brought before being transferred to Letterkenny University Hospital on Saturday.