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‘His kind heart endeared him to everyone’

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A HEARTBREAKING tribute has been paid to the young boy who tragically died after getting into trouble in a hotel swimming pool in Co Clare.

Shay Lynch’s school said the young man, 7, will be “sadly missed” following his tragic accident at the Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Center in Killaloe.

Shay Lynch was a first-year student at Scoil Seanáin Naofa in Clonlara.
The tragic accident happened at the Lakeside Hotel and Leisure CentreCredit: Not known, clearly with photo agency
Sahy sadly passed away at the University Hospital LimerickCredit: Alamy

The Clare youngster was a first-class pupil at Scoil Seanain Naofa in Clonlara.

In a moving tribute, headteacher Donnchadh Kelleher said: “Our school community has experienced the tragic death of our beloved student, Shay Lynch. Shay is a much-loved Year 1 student at Scoil Seanáin Naofa.

“His bright smile and kind heart endeared him to everyone in our school community. He will be greatly missed.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents Tania and James, his sister Abi, the extended family and his wide circle of friends.

“The offers of support are pouring in and are hugely appreciated. Our school has implemented our Critical Incident Management Plan.

“We are liaising with the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) to ensure that support structures are in place to help our school community cope with this tragedy.

“We would like to ask you to respect our privacy at this time. Thank you.

“Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

A post-mortem examination was due to take place today.

The boy was rushed to University Hospital Limerick following the tragic incident but was sadly pronounced dead.

It is understood a family friend had been confirmed earlier in the day and the two families were attending a party together in Killaloe when the tragedy occurred.

Gardai said emergency services were notified of the incident shortly before 3pm yesterday.

Condolences offered

The management of the Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Center extended its deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the young boy’s family and friends.

In a statement, they said: “We extend our sincere thanks to our lifeguards, team members and emergency services who did everything they could to respond to this incident.”

Out of respect, the hotel’s leisure center will remain closed for the next few days.

Michael Begley, an independent councilor in Clonlara, shared his condolences with the boy’s loved ones, family and friends.


He said: “People are absolutely shocked, it’s terrible, absolutely terrible.”

Taoiseach Simon Harris also expressed his sadness following the tragic incident, calling it “absolutely heartbreaking”.

On social media, the Fine Gael leader said: “I know people across Ireland are keeping this family and the community of Clonlara in County Clare in their thoughts and prayers at such a sad and difficult time.”

Killaloe Fianna Fail councilor Tony O’Brien said it was a “very tragic and terrible incident”.

‘Tragic incident’

He told Clare FM: “Every time a young child goes out to play and doesn’t come home, it leaves a very dark cloud over a community.

“It is truly a tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all relatives and friends of the child at this terrible time.

“I think it’s one of our greatest assets in Ireland, the support that comes from the community at times like these, as awful as they are, it means something.

“While a dark cloud hangs over the entire community and parish of Killaloe and Clonlara this morning, and will remain so for days to come, we are committed to supporting and assisting the family of the young child in any way we can. ”

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In addition to the Gardai investigation, the Health and Safety Authority is carrying out an investigation to determine the exact cause of the incident.

In response to questions, a Garda spokesperson said: “Gardai and emergency services responded to an incident at a swimming pool on a property in Killaloe, Co. Clare, shortly before 3pm on Saturday 20 April 2024.”

“A 7-year-old boy was transported from the scene to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced deceased.”

“The local coroner has been informed and arrangements are being made for a post-mortem examination.”

‘Parents’ worst nightmare’

It is understood the boy was pulled unconscious from the water and desperate attempts were made to save his life at the edge of the pool.

Garda sources said they were treating the boy’s death as a “tragic accident” and that there was no foul play.

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Local people offered their condolences to the boy’s family.

One community member burst into tears and said: “God love them, it’s every parent’s worst nightmare.”

Out of respect, the hotel’s leisure center will remain closed for the next few days
Michael Begley shared his condolences with the boy’s loved ones, family and friends