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devoted dad Heroic Irishman who drowned saving son in Australia named locally as Cassan Cowman

The 49-year-old Toowoomba man, who is believed to be originally from Munster, died after he tried to rescue his son on January 2

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Cassan Cowman, who is believed to be originally from Munster, died after he tried to rescue his son on January 2. Photo: GoFundMe

Cassan Cowman, who is believed to be originally from Munster, died after he tried to rescue his son on January 2. Photo: GoFundMe

Cassan Cowman, who is believed to be originally from Munster, died after he tried to rescue his son on January 2. Photo: GoFundMe

An heroic Irishman who died while trying to save his son who had slipped into waterfall rapids at a popular south-east Queensland tourist destination has been hailed as a dad who simply loved his family. 

Named locally as Cassan Cowman, the 49-year-old Toowoomba man, who is believed to be originally from Munster, died after he tried to rescue his son on January 2.

His body was recovered after he had failed to re-emerge at Wappa Falls on the Sunshine Coast.

Emergency services were called to the location off Pump Station Road when the man did not resurface after diving into the rapid water at the waterfall, north of Nambour, just before 2pm.

The boy was pulled to safety and taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital for observation.

Police divers found his father's body around 6.30pm.

Local media has said that a report is being prepared for the coroner.

A GoFundMe page set up in the name of 'Cowman Family Education' states that "tragically on the 2nd of January, Cassan Cowman bravely drowned saving his son. He leaves behind his beloved wife Trish and darling children Ormond (11), Ella (9), & Torin (7).

“Ormond, Ella and Torin were the apple of Cass' eye and like any parent he wanted the best for their futures.”

It adds: “Please help us honour Cass through raising funds for his children's ongoing education to help ensure they live the lives Cass wanted.

"Cass was charismatic, Irish to a fault, enjoyed a whiskey but at the end of the day ultimately he simply loved his family. He was a devoted family man through and through, working day and night to provide for his family.”

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The appeal also contains a poem for the family man that reads: May the road rise up to meet you Cass, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand."

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