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An Irishman has drowned in Thailand

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
It is believed Mr Houlihan died after getting into difficulty swimming in Koh Samui
It is believed Mr Houlihan died after getting into difficulty swimming in Koh Samui

An Irishman has died in a drowning incident in Thailand.

It is understood the man, who is in his 20s, died after going missing on his way back to his hotel in Koh Samui on Monday. 

He has been named locally as well-known GAA player David Houlihan from Dungarvan in Waterford. 

A post on Dungarvan's GAA page said they were opening their clubhouse for people wishing to gather and support each other after the sad news. 

The Club will be open this evening from 7.30pm onwards for anyone who would like to come together and support one other on this tough time for us all on the sad passing of David Houlihan RIP.

Posted by Dungarvan GAA Club on Wednesday, 8 July 2015

It is believed the 24-year-old passed away after getting into difficulty while swimming in the tourist resort. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed it was providing consular assistance to his family.

"It’s a very sad day for the club," said Chairman of Dungarvan Tony Ryan. "We were all heartbroken here."

"When we could the news this morning we couldn’t believe it. There was some guys here who couldn’t go to work today when they got the news, others had to leave their jobs and go home. It hit them that hard. Everyone is in bits.

"He was such a great character. One of the best things about him was that he was able to make friends everywhere."

"His best mates were from other clubs. Everyone love him.

"The guy he went to Thailand with was from one of the local rivals and they couldn't have been closer."