Heartache at the death of schoolgirl Abbie (15)

By david tucker

Published 16/02/2016 | 00:00

15-year-old Abbie Troy was admitted to Wexford Hospital feeling unwell. Kilmore United said 'our women's team have lost their baby' (left).

THE sad death has taken place of a much-loved and cherished 15-year-old schoolgirl.

Abbie Troy, from Crossgales, Tomhaggard, a student at Bridgetown Vocational College, passed away at Wexford General Hospital on Friday, after being admitted to the hospital feeling unwell.

Abbie is the loving daughter of Tom and Elaine and dear sister of Eva and Chloe.

She was big into her sports and was the baby of the Kilmore United Football Club, where she played with the women. Abbie was just 14 when she joined them, but despite her young age was 'as tough as any of them'.

'Abbie was a talented, vibrant footballer who always had a wry smile, especially when receiving a compliment. Our women's team have lost their baby and heaven has gained an angel,' Kilmore United said in a statement.

'We have been devastated by a darkness that is incomprehensible and to try put words that will give Tom, Elaine, Eva & Chloe any solace is impossible,' said the club.

Abbie attended Kilmore School and then Bridgetown where she quickly became a popular and well-liked student.'

As well as loving to play sports, she idolised the Wexford hurlers, especially Damien Fitzhenry, Diarmuid Lyng and more recently Conor Mac. She loved soccer too - Liverpool was her favourite club. Abbie has a raft of medals from playing sports of all disciplines from a young age.

A sign of her popularity was that when Kilmore United put up a picture of Abbie in tribute there were 2,700 likes in no time at all.

Abbie enjoyed family holidays in the sun, parts foreign and open air swimming pools and, like every other girl her age, her music.

The medical team at Wexford General Hospital had wanted to transfer her to Crumlin, but before they had the opportunity, Abbie passed away, despite their best efforts.

There was a huge turnout at Macken's Funeral Home on Sunday night, with fellow students, teachers and sports club members joining a large gathering of her close friends and family members.

Expressing its heartfelt sympathies to the Troy family, Bridgetown School opened for two hours on Saturday for students who wanted to spend time with their friends and classmates. A school counsellor and other members of staff were in attendance.

Abbie is sadly missed by her parents, sisters, grandmothers Mary and Rena, Aunty Ann, Uncles Gordon, Emmett, Mick, Noel and Dermot, godmother Ann, cousins and extended family and large circle of friends.

Her Funeral Mass is today (Tuesday) at 11 o'clock in St Anne and St. James Church, Tomhaggard. Burial afterwards in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kilmore. May sh

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