Ukrainian refugee’s death in Limerick accommodation centre treated as accident

The accommadation centre in Bruff where an Ukrainian man fell to his death on Christmas Eve. Photo: Declan Hehir

GARDAÍ are treating the death of a Ukrainian man at an accommodation centre in Bruff on Christmas Eve as a tragic accident.

The man in his 30s fell down a fight of stairs at the former Ard Scoil Mhuire secondary boarding and day school.

The man was rushed by ambulance from the centre to University Hospital Limerick where he was pronounced dead.

A Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí and emergency services were alerted to an incident on the Kilmallock Road, in Bruff, Co.Limerick on the evening of December 24.

“A man, aged in his 30s, later passed away from his injuries at University Hospital Limerick,” he added.

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It’s understood a post mortem will be carried out on the man’s body and the office of the Limerick Coroner will be contacted to arrange an inquest.

Garda sources say they do not suspect foul play in the man’s death and are treating it as a tragic accident.

Local people posted poignant tributes online including one man who wrote: “May he rest in peace, a young life gone in a flash, after making the long lonely journey all the way from Ukraine to Bruff. Sincere sympathy to all his family and friends.”

The accommodation centre had been operated as a school for 156 years by the Faithful Companions of Jesus religious Order, prior to its closure in 2012.