Army helicopter called to Dundalk school

An army helicopter was summoned to Dundalk at lunchtime to deal with a ‘serious accident’ at the Realt na Mara school

It is understood a child was airlifted to hospital after sustaining a hand injury at the school, which is located off Mill Street.

Ambulance personnel and Dundalk Fire Service also attended the scene where they assisted the helicopter to land at the playing fields at the back of the school.

A statement by the school to parents read: “There was a serious accident in the school yard today. A child got his hand caught in the chain of a tricycle. Emergency services attended the scene. The child was taken by air ambulance to hospital in Dublin. Staff have informed students about the incident.

“You may need to talk to and reassure your child when they come home. School will continue as normal tomorrow and we are linking with support services.”