Husband tried to pull drowning wife from canal after she slipped
A DISTRAUGHT husband desperately tried to pull his drowning wife to safety after she plunged into a canal.
It is understood Kay Condron was craning her neck to take a look at wasps emerging from a nest close to the canal bank.
But she had stepped close to the edge of the canal and lost her footing.
The close-knit rural community of Rahan, Co Offaly, was coming to terms yesterday with the tragic death of the 45-year-old.
The mother of one was walking with her husband Kevin along the Grand Canal, near the village, on Sunday afternoon when she fell into the water.
Her husband tried in vain to save her but was unable to pull Mrs Condron from the water as she struggled.
The banks were muddy and weather conditions were poor at the time of the incident.
Local Independent councillor Johnny Butterfield described it as a freak accident.
"There is such disbelief.
"It is so unexpected," he said.
"They (the family) and everybody else are devastated by this."
Ms Condron, who is originally from the Castleisland area of Co Kerry, worked in Grennan's butcher's in Tullamore as a shop assistant.
The couple, whose only son Sean recently turned 20, lived in Blueball, just outside Tullamore.
Mr Condron is a tiler and electrician and the couple ran a training course in tiling from their home until the recession hit.