Friday 23 February 2018

Angler's Rest publican drowned while fishing

Olivia Kelleher

A FATHER of seven has drowned following an accident while fishing.

Former Army officer Denis O'Mahony, from Ballincollig, Co Cork, was fishing with family members near the Warren in Rosscarbery on Wednesday when he slipped from the rocks and into the sea.

Mr O'Mahony, who was in his fifties, had been running the Angler's Rest pub in Leemount, Cork, for the past two years. He was described by locals as a "gentleman" who re-invigorated the business despite the tough recessionary times.

Friends say Mr O'Mahony was very "forward thinking" in how he ran the business.

Coastguard units from Toe Head and Glandore attended at the scene with the Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter.

Mr Mahony's body was recovered from the water a short time later. The accident occurred shortly before 1.30pm on Wednesday.

The Angler's Rest closed its doors early on Wednesday night as a mark of respect to Mr O'Mahony. His funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised.

Irish Independent

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