Sunday 18 March 2018

Body found in search for missing student Sean Igoe

Sean Igoe
Sean Igoe

Brian McDonald

A search for a young student ended in tragedy when his body was recovered from the water in Galway.

Family and friends of 19-year-old Sean Igoe from Lehanagh, Castleblakeny, Co Galway spent two days searching for him only for their efforts to end in the worst possible way at the weekend.

Sean had gone out with friends and had spent some time at a pub in Woodquay in the city centre last Thursday night. He later joined the queue for a Leaving Cert party at a nightclub at Eglinton St.

He was last seen leaving the queue and heading away from the city centre in the direction of City Hall on College Road.

Search parties involving up to 100 members of his family and friends scoured the city on Friday and Saturday and a garda appeal and facebook campaign, ‘Sean Igoe Missing’ were launched in a desperate attempt to find him.

Friends in east Galway arranged a bus which brought volunteer searchers from Ballinasloe to join the search effort.

The Air-Sea rescue helicopter from Shannon joined in the search, alongside gardai, fire brigade personnel and members of the Coastguard.

Late on Saturday afternoon his body was recovered from the River Corrib near Galway Cathedral. It was removed to Galway University Hospital for a post mortem examination and a coroner’s inquest will be held at a later stage.

Sean was a first year student at NUI Galway and yesterday the NUIG Chaplaincy Service asked for prayers for Sean and his family.

A statement from his family posted on facebook said: “The Igoe family wish to thank everyone who took part in the search or helped in any other way to find their beloved son, Seán.

“The family will spend this evening and tomorrow morning by themselves for time together after their tragic loss and to reunite with their daughter Caitriona who is arriving home from America”.

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