A five-day search for a young man who fell into the river Nore after a night out ended this evening with the discovery of a body in the water.
Derek Tyrrell (33) is believed to have slipped and fallen into the water in Thomastown in Co Kilkenny in the early hours of Sunday morning.
He was with a group of friends at the time and it’s understood he had briefly moved away from them and when they turned around he was gone.
A search quickly got under way and has involved a number of different State and voluntary agencies in the last number of days, including members of Derek’s family.
The single electrician was a cousin of All-Ireland-winning Kilkenny hurlers Jackie Tyrrell and Tommy Walsh.
The search concentrated on a stretch of the Nore between Thomastown and Inistioge, particulary the area around Canice’s Mill in Thomastown where Derek was last seen by his friends.
A body was recovered at about 12 noon yesterday by divers from the Irish Naval Service and the Civil Defence.
Others involved in the search included local gardaí, the garda water unit, New Ross River Rescue, the Kilkenny Sub-Aqua Club, as well as local people and relatives of Mr Tyrrell.
The 33-year-old was from Loughboy in Kilkenny city, was son of Mary and the late Tommy Tyrrell and brother of Tommy Jnr.
The body was brought to University Hospital Waterford for a post-mortem examination.
Local councillor Andrew McGuinness, who knew the deceased, said the body had been identified as that of Derek Tyrrell and described him as “a very quiet chap” who will be badly missed by his family and friends.
“One of the most upsetting things for the family was not knowing, not having closure and not being able to organise anything. While it’s really sad news, it brings closure to the family,” he said.
“There was a huge effort put in locally [in the search] and they deserve great credit for what they did. It wouldn’t have been possible to find him without that help.”