Monday 5 December 2016

Dad killed in Easter weekend tragedy with son was 'kind hearted chap'

Laura Larkin

Published 31/03/2016 | 11:39

The remains of Sean Sweeney are taken from Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the Navan Road, following his tragic death on Easter Sunday. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The remains of Sean Sweeney are taken from Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the Navan Road, following his tragic death on Easter Sunday. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Mourners gather for the funeral of Sean Sweeney at Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the Navan Road, following his tragic death on Easter Sunday. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The remains of Sean Sweeney are taken into Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the Navan Road, following his tragic death on Easter Sunday. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The remains of Sean Sweeney are taken into Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the Navan Road, following his tragic death on Easter Sunday. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The remains of Sean Sweeney are taken from Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the Navan Road, following his tragic death on Easter Sunday. Picture: Gerry Mooney

The dad who drowned alongside his toddler was a "kind hearted chap" his funeral has heard.

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Mourners gathered at the Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the Navan Road this morning to pay their respects to Sean Sweeney (36).

Mr Sweeney and his son Tyler (3) were discovered by a passer-by on Easter Sunday afternoon in a stream at the boundary of the Ashington estate off the Navan Road.

Fr Paul Coyle said that Mr Sweeney was the type of person who would do anything for anyone and who was very good to his parents.

The remains of Sean Sweeney are taken from Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the Navan Road, following his tragic death on Easter Sunday. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The remains of Sean Sweeney are taken from Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the Navan Road, following his tragic death on Easter Sunday. Picture: Gerry Mooney

The community was left "shocked and saddened" by the tragic events which saw the father and son "cruelly taken" Fr Coyle said at this morning's requiem mass.

It is believed the pair were using a shortcut across the stream and Tyler’s mum Pamela Joyce has since called for a bridge to be installed at the popular shortcut to make it safer.

"Why can't they make a little walkway? It's not going to cost them much," she said earlier this week.

"If they do something then we could say that Tyler's life wasn't lost, because somebody else was saved," she added.

The remains of Sean Sweeney are taken into Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the Navan Road, following his tragic death on Easter Sunday. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The remains of Sean Sweeney are taken into Our Lady Help of Christians Church on the Navan Road, following his tragic death on Easter Sunday. Picture: Gerry Mooney

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