Thursday 22 February 2018

Body of missing teenager recovered from river

Ricky McDermott
Ricky McDermott

Paul Neilan and Louise Hogan

THE body of a 17-year-old male who went missing after a night out has been found in a river.

Gardai and civil defence teams recovered the body in the River Blackwater at Virginia, Co Cavan following a search.

Ricky McDermott, from Clonabreany, Crossakiel, Oldcastle in Co Meath, went missing in the early hours of Easter Monday following a night out in Virginia, Co Cavan.

Gardai had issued a plea for help in tracing him. He was last seen on Church Street in the town at 12.30am in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday.

His father, Richie McDermott had made a public appeal hours before the body was recovered.

A garda spokesman said investigating officers did not suspect there was any foul play involved in the tragedy.

Meanwhile, an electrician died hours after returning from an Easter visit to his family in Poland.

Piotr Luczywek (48) was discovered by paramedics at the bottom of a flight of stairs when they responded to an emergency call from a flat on Kilree Street, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow.

Garda ruled out foul play after a post-mortem.


Mr Luczywek had been visiting his wife Malgorzata and daughter Katarzyna (22) in Poland.

Shortly after his return, Mr Luczywek went to visit Polish friends at an apartment on Kilree Street to celebrate Easter.

Just before midnight on Monday, his friends called emergency services and when the ambulance arrived Mr Luczywek was lying at the bottom of the stairs near the front door.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate him on the street outside the home before he was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

His nephew Lukasz Skiba, who also lives in Bagenalstown, described him as "my friend as well as my uncle".

"He was hardworking and a good friend," Mr Skiba said. "He had many friends and they all liked him.

Margaret Nolan from Hi-Spec Engineering described Mr Luczywek as an "experienced electrician" and it was a "sad day" for the firm.

"He was very helpful and a nice person," she said.

Irish Independent

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