Monday 23 April 2018

Family of teen who drowned in quarry pays tribute to 'kind-hearted soul'

Kevin O’Hare
Kevin O’Hare
Colin Polland
Paul's Quarry, Glassdrumman Co Down

Claire McNeilly

THE devastated family of the teenage boy who drowned at a water-filled quarry has paid tribute to a "popular, easy-going, kind-hearted soul".

Kevin O'Hare (15) and Colin Polland (39) died in a drowning incident at the disused quarry.

After Kevin got into difficulty in the water, Mr Polland, who was holidaying nearby, attempted to rescue him but, tragically, he also lost his life.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, a spokesman for the O'Hare family said they were trying to come to terms with Kevin's heartbreaking death.

"Of the four boys in the family, Kevin was the quietest one," he said. "He was extremely popular and really easy going and he was a kind-hearted soul.

"He was also a fantastic footballer. He played for Dromara Gaelic Football Club and he loved it.

FOOTBALL

"Last week, he had played a match for his club and he enjoyed it so much that when he came home he told his granny he might never play another football game as good as that."

The spokesman said they still didn't know all the details surrounding the accident that occurred just outside Annalong, Co Down, on Saturday. "We'll never know exactly what happened," he said. "It's somewhere they go to every summer and they had a few hours on their hands before it was time to go home.

Kevin had been at Paul's Quarry, as it is known locally, at the Grassdrumman Road, with his 17-year-old brother Liam and his cousin Phillip (21).

When Kevin, a pupil at St Malachy's High School in Castlewellan, got into trouble, Phillip tried, but was unable, to save him. He was later taken to Daisy Hill Hospital, but he didn't suffer any serious injuries.

Mr Polland, who also died, was originally from the area but lived in England, and had been staying in his holiday home near the quarry with his wife when the alarm was raised around 6pm.

Irish Independent

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