Tuesday 17 October 2017

Popular Irish poet dies after boat overturns off the coast of Spain

Danny Sheehy, Liam Holden, Breandan O Beaglaoich and Breandan O Muircheartaigh in their currach
Danny Sheehy, Liam Holden, Breandan O Beaglaoich and Breandan O Muircheartaigh in their currach
Danny Sheehy (centre, front) with Breandán Ó Beaglaoich, Liam Holden and Brendan Moriarty ahead of a previous trip

Zainab Boladale

A popular west Kerry poet and boat maker has died after a boat he was travelling in overturned off the northwest coast of Spain yesterday.

Danny Sheehy and three other men were thrown into the water when their naomhóg - a Kerry-style currach - got into trouble and capsized.

RTÉ reports that the other crew members were lead singer of the Hothouse Flowers Liam Ó Maonlaí, musician Brendán Ó Beaglaíoch, and Padraig Ó Duinnín.

The incident occurred along the river Minho, on the border between Spain and northern Portugal.

Mr Sheehy, also known as Domhnall Mac Síthigh, has frequently taken sea journeys by naomhóg.

The four managed to make it to shore where emergency services aided them but it is understood Mr Sheehy took ill and died a short time later.

Liam Ó Maonlaí. Photo: Colin O'Riordan.
Liam Ó Maonlaí. Photo: Colin O'Riordan.

The four crew members had been rowing south for two weeks along the Galician coast when the incident occurred.

The other men received treatment at a local hospital but their injuries are not believed to be serious.

Tributes have started to appear online for the deceased poet. Oscar winning musician Glen Hansard posted a picture of Mr Sheehy and simply wrote "Danny..."

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