Thursday 8 December 2016

'He could have done anything with his life' - Mum's plea for bridge where Tyler (3) died

Martin Grant

Published 30/03/2016 | 02:30

Tyler Joyce, pictured, and his father Seán Sweeney (36) were found dead at Ashington Park, near the Royal Canal on Sunday. Picture credit: INM
Tyler Joyce, pictured, and his father Seán Sweeney (36) were found dead at Ashington Park, near the Royal Canal on Sunday. Picture credit: INM
Gardai investigate the deaths of a father and son at the Royal canal at Ashington on the Navan road in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardaí investigate at the scene beside the Royal Canal at Ashington in Dublin, where a father and son lost their lives yesterday. Photo: Arthur Carron

A heartbroken mum whose three-year-old son died along with his father when they drowned while taking a short-cut has pleaded for a bridge to be built over the stream.

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Tyler Joyce and his father Seán Sweeney (36) were found dead at Ashington Park, near the Royal Canal on Sunday.

It is believed they had been taking a short-cut to visit Mr Sweeney's parents when tragedy struck.

Last night Tyler's mum Pamela Joyce paid tribute to the little boy who was "always so happy" and "brought joy to everyone".

"His favourite song was 'Happy' by Pharrel Williams. He loved that song. He'd ask me to come into bed and he would bounce up and down to the music . . . he loved his dancing," Pamela recalled.

"I wouldn't like any mother to go through this. It's cruel because he was so intelligent. He never cried. He could have done anything with his life."

Pamela said that a fence had been installed to block the short-cut used by Mr Sweeney with Tyler, but that "young fellas cut it" because they don't want to walk the long way around between two estates.

The short-cut is widely used and Pamela believes a bridge should be built. "Why can't they make a little walkway? It's not going to cost them much," she said.

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

Grandfather Peter thanked the community for their support following the tragedy.

"People in the street have missed him [Tyler] over the last few days. We will miss him very much," he said.

Tyler will be laid to rest after a funeral service on Friday.

Irish Independent

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