Roisin suffered horrific injuries when thugs hurled a petrol bomb through her grandmother, Nellie Halligan’s, 66, window in Ardmore Park, Co. Waterford in November last year. The 12-year-old had to spend ten agonising weeks in hospital following the incident and her face and body needed major skin grafting. Brave Roisin will now have to wear special skin grafting clothes for a number of years. The teen was nominated by teacher Kevin Hayes from her school, St. Saviour’s, Ballybeg, Co. Waterford. He said: “She was in hospital for ten weeks in Waterford and then transferred to Cork. Thanks to her bravery and speedy action, the two other kids in the house didn’t suffer much in the way of burns or smoke inhalation. “However Roisin, a beautiful looking, always smiling and cheerful girl, had to spend weeks in hospital in Cork, quite some distance from her hometown in Co. Waterford. But she always remained upbeat.
“She has a great sense of humour and after such a horrific incident and her gradual recovery, she’s always smiling. All the staff and teachers at the school are delighted that Roisin has won Pride of Ireland’s Outstanding Bravery award.“ Her quick, brave actions definitely saved a life, maybe four.”
“Her bravery knows no bounds. Can you imagine what you would do as an adult if a petrol bomb was thrown into your living room? Roisin’s gut instinct was to protect her little cousin and her actions were completely sel ess and brave. Now instead of cursing the fact that she is quite literally scarred for life, she is still smiling. What a genuinely altruistic little girl.”