Tributes paid to tragic Irishman who drowned in Thailand

David Houlihan
David Houlihan

Tributes have been paid to an Irishman who tragically drowned less than 24 hours after arriving in Thailand.

24-year-old David Houlihan, from Dungarvan in Co Waterford travelled to Thailand on Sunday morning for a holiday before moving on to Australia to visit friends.

David vanished on the way to his hotel in Koh Samiu on Monday night.

The pharmaceutical factory worker was a much-loved member of Dungarvan GAA Club.

Chairman Tony Ryan said: “When we heard the news this morning we couldn’t believe it.

“There were 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, it’s hard to believe he’s gone, he was playing for us last Friday, when he scored a point, then they only flew out on Sunday morning.”

Dungarvan GAA club opened their doors last night so that David’s grieving and shell-shocked pals would have somewhere to gather.

Dungarvan GAA club said in a statement: “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.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance.