'He was just 15-years-of-age, and he was mad into farming and football, that was his two things'
Councillor Trevor Smith said the entire community of Crosserlough is in shock after the boy who got into difficulty while swimming in the lake on Tuesday afternoon passed away in Temple Street Hospital in Dublin last night.
“It’s a terrible tragedy,” said local councillor Trevor Smith. “He was just 15-years-of-age, and he was mad into farming and football, that was his two things. He played on the same GAA team as my son.
“He just got into difficulties in Lough Sheelin and we hoped and prayed that he would pull through. Everybody hoped that things would improve but things took a turn for the worse.
“The community here is in shock,” Cllr Smith added. “His parents and two sisters are in our thoughts and prayers.”
He was the third person to die in a drowning incident in the Republic this week.
On Wednesday, a young mother of two died while trying to save her own son from drowning in Co Cavan.
The young woman, who has been named locally as Natasha Core and who was aged in her late 20s, jumped into the water at around 8.30pm moments after seeing her nine-year-old son get into difficulty while out swimming in Loch Gowna.
It's understood after rescuing the child, she herself got into difficulties in a dangerous stretch of water on the outskirts of the Co Cavan village.
Her boyfriend, Joseph Donohoe took to Facebook to describe how his heart was "broken" following news of the tragedy.
"Words can't describe how much I love and miss you already," he said.
"I hope you get the best bed in heaven because you deserve it. You were the best mother to the boys anyone could ask for."
A major search operation got underway shortly after 9pm when the alarm was raised with several units of gardaí, fire brigade personnel, civil defence and the Coast Guard Helicopter all being involved.
The young woman's body was discovered a short time later around 15 to 20 feet from the shoreline.
It's believed the young woman, who is not originally from the area, had been living locally for some.
"You would always see her out with the kids," added another local woman.
"She would have been very quiet. You would say hello to her and she would say hello back, but she was so dedicated to those kids and would have done anything for them."
Gardaí, for the time being, have said they are treating the tragedy as a "swimming accident."
A post mortem on the young woman's body is expected to take place at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan later.
Meanwhile, a man in his 70s died in a diving accident at Lough Allen on Wednesday.
He was snorkelling at Spencer Harbour in Drumkeeran at 9pm when he failed to return to the surface.
His body was later recovered by local emergency services.
Two other people drowned in the North this week.
A 13-year-old boy died after getting into difficulty while swimming in the Canal Court area of Scarva Co Down on Monday and a 55-year-old man died in the Lough Melvin area of County Fermanagh on Wednesday morning.