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Co Antrim girl (5) who died suddenly was 'adored by everyone'

Maggie Black (5), from Glenarm in Co Antrim, died on Wednesday at Antrim Area Hospital after becoming ill at home
Marie Louise McConville

The family of a five-year-old girl will remember her for the way she "stole everybody's heart".

Maggie Black, from Glenarm, Co Antrim, died suddenly after becoming unwell with stomach pains in the early hours of Wednesday.

An ambulance took her to Antrim Area Hospital where, despite efforts to treat her, she died.

The family were last night waiting to find out the cause of the little girl's tragic death.

A Primary 2 pupil at St John's Primary School in Carnlough, Maggie was also a member of the under-6 team at St John's Camogie Club in the village.

Maggie was a member of the u-6 team at St John's Camogie Club in Carnlough

She had followed in the GAA footsteps of her older sister, Eimear, who also plays for the club and her older brother, Charlie, who plays for Shane Uí Néill GAC in Glenarm.

Speaking to The Irish News last night, Maggie's aunt, Margaret Quinn said the family are living their "worst nightmare".

She said her niece, who was affectionately known as `Wee Maggie', "lit up a room".

"She was one of those children that everybody just warmed to. She was always smiling. She was just special," she said.

"She had a special gift. She stole everybody's heart."

She said Maggie "loved camogie".

"The sticks were handed down. She picked up a stick and went out to play and enjoyed it and she went for the craic as well."

Margaret said her niece, who had dreamed of becoming a doctor, "couldn't wait until Christmas" but unfortunately never got the chance to meet her Elf on the Shelf or open the Advent Calender, which had been "sitting at the side of her bed".

"There are no words," she said.

Another aunt, Karen Black, said her niece as a "beautiful soul".

"We all knew she was somebody special," she said.

"We are eternally grateful that she had such a happy life."

Five-year-old Maggie Black has been remembered as someone who "lit up a room"

Eamon McFadden, chairman of St John's Camogie Club, said members had been left "heartbroken beyond words" by the sudden loss of Maggie.

"She was always at the pitch, matches and events with her parents, sister or aunt," he said.

"She was a happy joyful wee girl with an infectious smile and was adored by everyone. She would excitedly skip and hop up the side-line helping the coaches gather up the cones and balls at the end of training, just bubbling with life.

"We will miss Maggie so much however we will also remember fondly the many memories we have of her during her short life with our club."

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