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Irish poet dies in boating accident

Danny Sheehy, Liam Holden, Breandan O Beaglaoich and Breandan O Muircheartaigh in their currach
Danny Sheehy, Liam Holden, Breandan O Beaglaoich and Breandan O Muircheartaigh in their currach

A popular west Kerry poet and boat maker has died after the boat which he and his crew was in overturned off the northwest coast of Spain yesterday, according to RTÉ news.

Danny Sheehy and three other men were thrown into the water when their naomhóg - a Kerry-style currach - overturned.

The other crew members were lead singer of the Hotouse Flowers Liam Ó Maonlaí, musician Brendán Ó Beaglaíoch, and Padraig Ó Duinnín.

The incident occurred along the river Minho, on the border between Spain and northern Portugal.

Mr Sheehy, also known as Domhnall Mac Síthigh, has frequently taken sea journeys by naomhóg.

The four managed to make it to shore where emergency services aided them but it is understood Mr Sheehy took ill and died a short time later.

The four crew members had been rowing south for two weeks along the Galician coast when the incident occurred.

The other men received treatment at a local hospital but their injuries are not believed to be serious.

Zainab Boladale