Sunday 18 March 2018

Irishman (24) falls to death from Spanish hotel balcony

Santa Ponsa, Majorca
Santa Ponsa, Majorca

Eimear Ni Bhraonain and Louise Hogan

A YOUNG Irish holidaymaker plunged to his death yesterday from an eight-floor balcony in a Spanish hotel.

Daniel Kenny (24), from Athlone, Co Westmeath, died after he hit the ground some 80 feet below his room at around 3AM yesterday in the resort of Santa Ponsa.

It is understood he only recently flew out with friends to the holiday island of Majorca off the south-east coast of Spain.

Paramedics who raced to the scene spent 50 minutes trying to revive him but he died from his injuries.

The young man is the son of a well-known businessman, Donal Kenny, who runs the Auto Parts and Tyres company in Golden Island, Athlone. It is understood the young man had worked there alongside his father for a time.

The incident happened at the beachfront Globales Verdemar Apartments. The 193-room apartment and hotel complex offers stunning views of Santa Ponsa Bay.

The young man's family was last night being comforted by friends and relatives. Friends of the young man wrote online "will always remember the great times. RIP Kenny, will always remember."

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed they were in contact with Mr Kenny's family and were providing consulary assistance.

Mr Kenny was the fourth tourist to fall to their death in Majorca this year. Three young British holidaymakers died in separate incidents in Magaluf, within three weeks of each other, earlier this year.

In April, a young Yorkshire man died after losing his balance while climbing a hotel stairwell, only to fall three floors. Days later, another young man died after losing his balance as he leaned over a fifth-floor balcony while smoking a cigarette. And in May a 23-year-old British woman fell 30ft to her death from a hotel balcony.

Irish Independent

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