Tuesday 27 September 2016

Irish backpacker David Houlihan (24) drowns in Thailand

David Kearns

Published 08/07/2015 | 18:43

David Houlihan
David Houlihan

A 24-YEAR-OLD Irishman has died in a suspected drowning accident in Thailand

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The victim has been name locally as David Houlihan from Dungarvan in County Waterford.

It is understood the 24-year-old went missing on his way back to his hotel in Koh Samui on Monday night.

The island is a popular destination for Irish tourists, and its believed that Mr Houlihan was stopping over in South East Asia while making his way to Australia.

His two older brothers had flown out to Thailand to join the search for the missing Waterford man yesterday morning.

A keen GAA player, the 24-year-old was a well-known member of Dungarvan GAA.

"It’s a very sad day for the club," said Chairman Tony Ryan. "We were all heartbroken here."

"When we heard the news this morning we couldn’t believe it. There were some guys here who couldn’t go to work today when they got the news, others had to leave their jobs and go home. It hit them that hard. Everyone is in bits."

Posting on their Facebook page, Dungarvan GAA said it would be opening its clubhouse from 7.30pm onwards so “people could come together and support one another though this tough time”.

"Only last Friday he was playing a match with us and scored a point," Mr Ryan continued.

"He was such a great character. One of the best things about him was that he was able to make friends everywhere.

"His best mates were from other clubs. Everyone loved him.

"The guy he went to Thailand with was from one of the local rivals and they couldn't have been closer."

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed it was providing consular assistance to his family.

The Club will be open this evening from 7.30pm onwards for anyone who would like to come together and support one other on this tough time for us all on the sad passing of David Houlihan RIP.

Posted by Dungarvan GAA Club on Wednesday, 8 July 2015

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