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DESPERATE TRAGEDY Tributes paid to 'popular' Cavan teen Killian Casey, one of six people to die in water this week

Killian Casey (15) was taken from the water shortly before 3pm on Tuesday and rushed to Temple Street Children’s Hospital where he died on Thursday night

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Killian Casey died in hospital on Thursday

Killian Casey died in hospital on Thursday

Killian Casey died in hospital on Thursday

Warm tributes have been paid to a “popular and talented” Cavan teenager who has died after swimming in Lough Sheelin.

Killian Casey (15) was taken from the water shortly before 3pm on Tuesday and rushed to Temple Street Children’s Hospital where he died on Thursday night.

Sean Cusack, chairman of the Crosserlough GAA club in Kilnaleck, Co Cavan, said the entire community was deeply saddened by Killian’s loss.

He described Killian as a very talented and prominent member of the club’s under-15 team who joined the club as a member of the under-8 team.

His parents, Martin and Fiona, are coaches at the club, and the entire GAA and local community is devastated, he told the Herald.

The club summoned members to the clubhouse on Thursday night after learning the sad news and will make trauma counsellors available to the players upon request, he said.

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Natasha Core

Natasha Core

Natasha Core

“I knew by the reaction of his friends and team-mates that he was really outgoing and popular,” Mr Cusack said.

Killian lived in the townland of Rockfield with his brother David and sisters Megan and Chloe.

He attended St Clare’s College in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, whose principal Teresa Donnellan posted the following tribute on its website yesterday:

“We share the heartbreak of the Casey family on the death of Killian, their precious son and brother and our lovely student. We can only imagine the sadness of Killian’s parents, Martin and Fiona, his sisters Megan and Chloe and his extended family.

“The sadness and heartbreak is also shared by Killian’s friends in St Clare’s College. Our whole school community, both students and staff, is devastated. We will continue to support each other at this time.

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“Our prayers are with all who mourn the loss of a wonderful son, brother, friend, classmate and cherished student of St Clare’s College.

“It’s a sad time. It’s a desperate tragedy, and there’s been a lot of them in a short space of time”.

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Michael Hoey died after a snorkelling accident

Michael Hoey died after a snorkelling accident

Michael Hoey died after a snorkelling accident

Killian’s death brings to six the number of people who have died following incidents on inland waterways or the sea in Ireland this week.

In north Dublin yesterday, a man in his 60s was pronounced dead after being recovered from the sea off Dollymount Strand about 1.30pm.

Emergency services were notified of an unconscious swimmer in the water and had attended the scene.

In Gowna, Co Cavan, 29-year-old mother-of-two Natasha Core failed to surface after rescuing her son Tyler (9) from Swan Lake in the village on Wednesday evening.

Michael Hoey, who was in his 70s, of Feahoe, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, died after a snorkelling accident at Spencer Harbour in Drunkeeran, Co Leitrim, on Wednesday.

And a 55-year-old man died after entering Lough Melvin, Co Fermanagh, also on Wednesday after a 13-year-old boy drowned in the Canal Court in Co Down earlier.

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