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Tribute to ‘talented and beloved’ Shay Lynch (7) who tragically drowned in hotel pool during party

Vaseline 2 months ago

Shay had been at a birthday party at the Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Center in Killaloe, County Clare, when tragedy struck. The child lived nearby and the community is in mourning.

The boys’ school, Scoil Seanáin Naofa in Clonlara, said he will be “dearly missed”.

“Our school community has experienced the tragic death of our beloved student Shay Lynch,” the statement said.

“His bright smile and kind heart endeared him to everyone in our school community.

“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 greatly appreciated.

“Our school has implemented our critical incident management plan. We liaise with the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) to ensure that support structures are in place to help our school community cope.

“We would like to ask you to respect our privacy at this time. Thank you. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis – Donnchadh Kelleher, director.”

Clonlara GAA Club have released a statement online in honor of their young player.

“Tonight we as a club and community have the saddest news to absorb as we learn that one of our members has passed away,” the statement said.

The statement described the young player as “talented, loved and (a) valued member of our U9 team”.

“Our hearts, thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to (the child’s family) and his extended family, his many friends, teammates, coaches, Clonlara school staff and everyone associated with him in our club and official Truagh Camogie Club.”

The GAA club said all activities would be suspended for the coming days “as a mark of respect”.

A club representative told the newspaper Irish independent: “Everyone in our club is heartbroken for the family.”

The representative described the child as a “sweet boy” who was “at the center of a very close group of friends.”

The child had “strong roots” in the club, the representative added.

“We are all so sad, but we are coming together to support the family, friends, teachers and coaches,” they said.

Local Fianna Fáil councilor Tony O’Brien told it Irish independent the little boy’s death had “cast a shadow over the entire community.”

“Everyone is just so sorry. But the community will do its best to support the family at this very sad time,” he said.

Truagh Camogie Club also posted a tribute and said it would be pausing its activities for a number of days.

Meanwhile, the 52-year-old Irishman who drowned in Praia do Intel in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal on Saturday has yet to be officially named.

The alarm was raised just before 1 p.m. local time. Two locals tried to save the man, but got into trouble and had to be rescued as well.

Police said the man’s partner had been on the beach at the time and witnessed the incident.

In the aftermath, she was supported by psychologists.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of the case and was providing consular assistance.

Online, a string of people who had visited the area reported having previously gotten into trouble in the same stretch of water.