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Monday 27 February 2017

Hotel review of pool policy as Ronan (3) passes away

Sam Griffin

The pool at the Quality Hotel in Youghal, Co Cork.
The pool at the Quality Hotel in Youghal, Co Cork.

The Cork hotel where a young boy fell unconscious while in a swimming pool has pledged to review its policies and procedures in the wake of the accident.

Ronan Kennedy (3), from Templederry in Co Tipperary, lost his battle for life yesterday after he had been transferred to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin.

The child had been swimming in the pool located at the Quality Hotel in Redbarn, near Youghal in Cork, when the tragedy occurred.

It is understood a children's event was taking place at the time of the incident around 2pm on Monday.

Ronan became separated and then got into difficulty. He was spotted floating face down in the water, and was dragged out by lifeguards who performed CPR.

A local doctor arrived at the scene and Ronan was transferred by helicopter to Cork University Hospital (CUH) and then on to Dublin.

However, he was pronounced dead yesterday.

Saddened

The hotel issued a statement in which it said it was "deeply saddened to learn" the three-year-old had passed away.

"The hotel management and staff are very shocked and upset by this event and their thoughts are with the little boy's family.

"All relevant authorities have been notified and a full investigation is currently underway."

In response to a number of questions about the incident, a spokeswoman told the Irish Independent: "The policies and procedures will be reviewed as part of the ongoing investigation."

However, she said she could not say if the child had been with his parents, John and Bridget, at the time or if he was with a kids' club, because of ongoing investigations.

The hotel's website advertises a "fully supervised Kids' Camp" including swimming and other activities.

The hotel said it was also offering a counselling service for affected members of staff and a prayer service will be held today.

The child's family, from the Templederry and Borrisoleigh areas of Tipperary, are being comforted by friends.

CCTV

Local councillor Willie Kennedy welcomed the decision by the hotel to review its procedures and policies.

"It is definitely a good thing that the investigation will look at all the circumstances of this awful tragedy.

"For the family's sake, it is important they find out how and what happened," he said.

Gardaí are reviewing CCTV footage and speaking with witnesses, but are treating it as a tragic accident.

Irish Independent

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