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Funeral takes place of dad who died in Baltimore triple-drowning heartbreak

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The funeral took place of Barry Ryan (right) who drowned along with son Barry Davis Ryan and Niamh O'Connor
The funeral took place of Barry Ryan (right) who drowned along with son Barry Davis Ryan and Niamh O'Connor

The funeral took place earlier this morning of the man who drowned in Baltimore in West Cork as he tried bravely to save both his son and his young girlfriend.

Barry Ryan (50) died after entering the sea to attempt to rescue his son Barry Davis Ryan, who had himself entered the water in an effort to save his girlfriend Niamh O’Connor (20) – who had gotten into difficulties in the freak accident at East Hole just outside the scenic town.

All three drowned in the incident and 20-year-old Davis Ryan’s body is still missing.

At the funeral in Rath Church Mr Ryan’s father – 80-year-old Penney’s founder Arthur Ryan – hailed his son as ‘a true hero’ after sacrificing his life.

In a message read out to mourners he said: “You are my hero… We love you, Barry, and miss you - and you will always be in our hearts.”

The mourners were led by Mr Ryan's partner, Ann Davis, his children, parents, Arthur and Rose, and siblings Colin, Arthur, Alison and Jessica. Also present were members of the O'Connor family. The Ryan family had asked that, instead of funeral flowers, mourners make a donation to Baltimore RNLI – who took part in the rescue effort.

Following Requiem Mass, Mr Ryan was buried at Tullagh Cemetery. Prayers were also said at the Requiem Mass for the recovery of the body of Mr Ryan's son.

The search for his body continues today following six days of efforts to find him.