Irish Maeve saves drowning toddler

Irish nanny Maeve McLoughlin saved the life of Bridie Woolcock in 2010, and has now received an Australian bravery award.
Irish nanny Maeve McLoughlin saved the life of Bridie Woolcock in 2010, and has now received an Australian bravery award.

SPRINGSURE couple Jenny and Richard Woolcock are ecstatic their former nanny Maeve McLoughlin will receive a Commendation for Brave Conduct for saving the life of their youngest daughter, Bridie.

Maeve, from Belfast in Ireland, was working as a nanny for the Woolcocks on the family's cattle property in 2010 when she rescued the toddler from drowning in a dam.

Jenny said she and her husband Richard nominated Maeve for the award for her heroic rescue, and were pleased to hear she would be honoured.

"I think we were just hoping and praying because we felt she really deserved it," Jenny said.

"Everyone that's nominated deserves it, but this was a miracle rescue - not many two year olds survive (that)."

The family, which still keeps in close contact with Maeve after she moved back to Ireland, said she was stoked when they contacted her with the news.

"Maeve was so humbled by it all," Jenny said.

"She'll be quite the celebrity over there now.

"It's so deserved though."

On an early Saturday morning in September, 2010, Maeve was working as a nanny for the Woolcock family when she saved the life of their youngest daughter, Bridie, then two years old, after she had fallen into a swollen creek on the family's property 32km from Springsure.

Maeve, who was busy hanging washing on the clothesline, heard two of the Woolcock's other children - Hastings, then 5, and Bella, then 3 - screaming out that Bridie had fallen in to the water.

Maeve quickly told the Woolcock's eldest daughter, Ally, then 10, to call triple zero before rushing to the creek, jumping into the water and searching for the missing toddler.

Unable to find Bridie, Maeve ran along the side of the creek barefoot among long grass, jumping over two fences before she caught a glimpse of Bridie's bottom bobbing up from the water about a kilometre down the creek.

Bridie had been in the water for about 20 minutes before Maeve pulled her unconscious but breathing body back to the house and followed instructions from emergency services to revive her.

After a panicking few hours, the Woolcocks, Maeve and families from neighbouring properties were relieved when the toddler was transported for further care.

The toddler was flown to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane where she started her recovery.

Bridie, who turns four in July this year, is as vibrant as ever following the near-death experience and her parents said they would be forever grateful to Maeve.

"There's not a day that goes by that we don't thank God and Maeve for bringing our little girl back," Jenny said.

"When we show Bridie a photo of Maeve, she says, 'Maeve saved me'."

"It wasn't her time to go."

Maeve will be honoured at an investiture ceremony to be held later in the year.

Jenny said the family would do everything possible to attend the ceremony.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Emergency housing a welcome early Christmas gift

CHRC Mayor Kerry Hayes

Aurizon is donating homes in the Central Highlands to the Salvos.

Local workers need to be given a chance

Gregory MP Lachlan Millar.

Local MP calls for recruitment of local workers as well as FIFOs.

Beating the heat in the school holidays

Ellie Dyer on the monkey bars at a fun filled playground.

Looking for something to do these school holidays?

Local Partners

Take the test for Type 2 diabets

To help residents find out their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, free screening education kits are available at Central Highlands libraries.

Santa is coming to Isaac libraries

CHRISTMAS CRAFT: Join in the special Story Time sessions at Isaac Libraries December 5 to 9 and create your own Christmas craft like Sophia, Evie and Ashley Williams.

Santa is dropping in to the libraries in the Isaac Region.

Warm up your voice for the Rotary Carols

The Rotary Carols by Candlelight is on this Sunday.

The Central Highlands Rotary Carols is on this weekend.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

Mark Hamill unaware his co-stars were romantically involved

Hamill too "self-involved" at the time to notice, he said

ABC's Fresh Blood graduates are a Skit Box full of laughs

Sarah Bishop, Greta Lee Jackson and Adele Vuko in a scene from the TV series Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am.

ALL-female comedy trio hitting the mark with new sketch show.

Kim Kardashian West said to be looking for a divorce

Kim Kardashian West is looking to file for divorce from her husband

HBO announces which show will replace Game of Thrones

Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, and Hannah Waddingham in a scene from Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is definitely not coming back next April

Adele's Carpool Karaoke biggest viral hit on YouTube in 2016

The video has already attracted more than 135 million views

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!