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heartbreaking loss Community devastated as toddler who died in paddling pool accident is named locally

The little boy, aged 22 months, has been named locally as Daithí O’Grady

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A rural Roscommon community has been devastated by the tragic death of a toddler who drowned in a paddling pool accident at his home in Tulsk .

The little boy, aged 22 months, has been named locally as Daithí O’Grady.

The infant is the youngest of four children and is believed to have stumbled into the paddling pool last Monday afternoon in the garden of the family home.

Emergency services were alerted to a child found in a serious condition, and within minutes the air ambulance was mobilised.

The child received treatment by paramedics and gardaí at the scene and was transferred to University College Hospital Galway.

The toddler was later transferred to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, where his condition remained critical.

Life support was withdrawn on Thursday.

It’s understood the child is the youngest of four children from a close-knit extended family in the Tulsk area.

Locals have told of their horror at the loss of the much loved child of the respected local family.

One woman described the little boy as “a beautiful child from a beautiful family”.

She said: “Everyone is totally heartbroken.”

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Local parish priest Fr Michael Donnelly said the whole community is numbed by the tragedy.

"Shock doesn’t even describe it,” he said.

"Shock wouldn’t come anywhere near it. The place is numb.

“I was in the local school this morning; the kids are numb. I just left the family, and they are numb.

“The whole area you can get a sense of down, lack of life. There are no words you can say. That’s the big thing for people – there are no words you can say to comfort them at this time.”

Fine Gael Councillor Liam O’Callaghan said the community is numbed with sorrow.

“We were hoping and praying everything would turn around,” he said.

“The whole community is devastated, and our sympathy is extended to the entire family.

“They are very well known and highly respected by everyone.

“The community will dig deep, I’m sure and give them every assistance possible.

“There has been a sort of numbness in the community since it happened last Monday.

"We were all holding on to hope, praying things would turn around but sadly, it doesn’t seem to have worked out. There is nothing any of us can say; it’s beyond words."

Gardaí are treating the incident as a tragic accident and will prepare a file for the county coroner.

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