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Death of Shay Lynch (7) after pool incident at Clare hotel ‘heartbreaking’, says Taoiseach – The Irish Times

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A seven-year-old boy who drowned in a hotel pool in Co Clare while celebrating a friend’s confirmation has been named locally.

Shay Lynch, from the village of Clonlara, Co Clare, died after the incident at the Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Center in Killaloe.

A Garda investigation and a Health and Safety Authority investigation have begun in the aftermath of the incident, which happened shortly before 3pm on Saturday afternoon. A post-mortem examination was due to take place on Sunday.

It is understood the boy was pulled unconscious from the water and efforts were made to save his life at the pool. He was rushed to University Hospital Limerick by ambulance but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Shay, a first class pupil at Scoil Seanáin Naofa, Clonlara, is survived by his parents James and Tania and sister Abi.

Taoiseach Simon Harris described the boy’s death as “absolutely heartbreaking”.

“I know people across Ireland are keeping this family and the community of Clonlara in Co Clare in their thoughts and prayers at such a sad and difficult time,” he said in a post on X.

A statement from the hotel, which overlooks Ballina and Killaloe, said the leisure center would remain closed for the coming days as a mark of respect.

“Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and those who knew the young boy who passed away yesterday following a tragic accident in our swimming pool,” the statement said Sunday.

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

Local independent councilor Michael Begley expressed his condolences to the boy’s family and friends, adding that people are “absolutely shocked”.

Mr Begley added: “It is a terrible shock to the locality, especially as so many in the village were celebrating Confirmation. It was a community holiday. The Lynch family is highly regarded and respected in the region.”

Clonlara GAA Club paid tribute to the “talented, loved and valued member of our U9 team” in a statement.

Donnchadh Kelleher, principal of Scoil Seanáin Naofa, Clonlara, said of Shay in a statement on X: “His bright smile and kind heart endeared him to everyone in our school community. He will be greatly missed.”

The school has implemented its critical incident management plan and is liaising with the National Educational Psychology Service.