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Tributes pour in for 'amazing' Oliver Forde (6) who died in Offaly hotel pool accident

Six-year-old Oliver Forde from Crumlin, Dublin, died yesterday after getting into difficulty in the pool at Tullamore Court Hotel on Sunday evening.
Oliver Forde

Oliver Forde

Neasa Cumiskey

Touching tributes are being paid to a young boy who died in a tragic swimming pool accident at an Offaly hotel over the weekend.

Six-year-old Oliver Forde from Crumlin, Dublin, died on Tuesday after getting into difficulty in the pool at Tullamore Court Hotel on Sunday evening.

An ambulance was called to take him to Midlands Regional Hospital. He was later transferred to Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

The young boy is survived by his devastated parents Denis and Nina and brothers Jack and Lucas.

Oliver will repose at Fanagan's Funeral Home, Kimmage Road Lower in Terenure on Thursday from 2pm until 6pm.

A funeral mass will take place on Friday at 10.30am in St. Agnes’ Church, Crumlin followed by cremation at Mount Jerome Crematorium.

Tributes have been flooding in for the “beautiful little boy” online, with many sending heartfelt messages of support to his grieving family.

An Arklow family wrote: “Denis and Nina, we have no words to express how deeply sorry we are to hear the sad news of the death of your beautiful little boy Oliver. We just hope you find the strength in each other and your family to cope with your grief. May your little angel rest in peace.”

A friend said: “Dear Denis and Nina, I am so desperately sorry to hear of your loss. Oliver looked like a wonderful young boy. I am so sorry for your heartbreak. Always in my thoughts. xx”

Someone else added: “Oliver was such a beautiful, funny and amazing little boy in more ways than I can count. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Sending all my love at this heart-breaking time.”

And another said: “Nina , there are no words. we remember Oliver , the fun , the cheeky smile, the bounce and the absolute love of the moment, Oliver you made the kids smile every day and Nina and all the family, Oliver is with you all always, the biggest love and hugs from Lucy, Jack, Anna and Ciara , your yardtime pick up pals xxxxx.”

Gardaí are treating Oliver’s death as a “tragic accident.”

A spokesperson said: “The child was taken to Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin where they later passed.”

They also confirmed that a file will be prepared for the Coroner's Court.

Meanwhile, Tullamore Court Hotel said in a statement that it was with “great sadness” that they learned of Oliver's passing.

The statement read: "We offer our sincere condolences to the family and loved ones at this difficult time.

“The thoughts of all our team are with them. We would ask everyone to please respect their privacy.

"We have no further comment at present."


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