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Funeral details announced for toddler Daithi O'Grady who died in Roscommon paddling pool accident

A “strictly private” ceremony will be held for one-year-old Dáithí O’Grady this week.
Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Neasa Cumiskey

The funeral arrangements for a toddler who died in a tragic paddling pool accident in Co. Roscommon on Thursday have been announced.

A “strictly private” ceremony will be held this week for one-year-old Dáithí O’Grady who passed away following a drowning accident in Tulsk.

The 22-month-old tot was brought to University College Hospital Galway by air ambulance after gardai were alerted to the incident.

He was later brought to Temple Street Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A notice on says that Dáithí passed away “in the loving care of the wonderful staff at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin.”

“Dearly loved and much cherished son of his heartbroken parents Hayley and Richard, brother, sisters, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, relatives and friends.

“A beautiful soul gone too soon.

“The O’Grady, Dickens and Devine families thank you for your prayers, sympathy and support at this very difficult and sad time.”

Speaking about the tragedy, Fr Micheal Donnelly - who knows the O'Grady family – said that the community had been left “numb” by the boy’s death.

“Shock doesn’t even describe it,” he told Shannonside FM. “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 a lot of the people – there are no words you can say to comfort them at this time.”

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