The family of three-month-old Mia O'Connell, who died after she was attacked by a dog at her home, have issued a statement of thanks following a massive outpouring of solidarity in the community since the tragedy.

The incident happened in the early hours of Monday morning in Clashmore, Co Waterford.

In a statement to WLR FM, a member of the family said: "We would like to thank everyone for their support, kind words and prayers at this time.

"We would also like to commend the paramedics who came to the scene, and the Rapid Response Unit from Youghal."

A private funeral took place today in Youghal, Co Cork.

Mia was asleep in a bed upstairs in the family's terraced home in Clashmore when the mixed-breed dog attacked her.

She was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after 3am on Monday.

A post-mortem examination was completed by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster, the results of which will not be released for operational reasons.

A file will now be prepared for the county coroner and an inquest will be held at a later date.

The animal involved in the incident has been put down.

A family liaison officer has been appointed to support the relatives of the infant.

Gardaí have reiterated their appeal for privacy for the grieving family.