Friday 13 December 2019

'Full of dreams': Tributes to boy (13) who died in bid to save friend

The Lyreen River in Maynooth
The Lyreen River in Maynooth

Luke Byrne and Conor Feehan

A teenager who drowned after trying to save a friend who fell into a river has been remembered as a fun-loving boy.

Oisin Quigley (13) was among a group of up to four teenagers walking on the banks of the Lyreen River at Maynooth, Co Kildare, when the tragedy happened on Tuesday.

Fr Liam Rigney, parish priest in Maynooth, said Oisin's death has deeply shocked and saddened everyone in the parish and the wider local community.

"The tragic death of a fun-loving young boy, at that time in life when we are full of hope and dreams and plans for the future, is especially difficult," he said. "In this dark moment, we offer our prayers and support to his family.

"We especially remember Oisin's two friends who were involved in this tragedy with him and we pray for their continued recovery.

"Our thoughts and prayers are also with Oisin's friends, fellow students and teachers in Maynooth Post-Primary School who I know are coming together to support each other."

Oisin's funeral will be in the Church of St Mary in Maynooth on Saturday morning.

The tragic accident happened in a remote area on the Kilcock Road near a concrete bridge that crosses the Lyreen River.

The friends raised the alarm and paramedics were quickly on the scene. Oisin was rushed to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin but was later pronounced dead.

Gardaí in Maynooth have launched an investigation but are not treating the incident as suspicious. It has been described as an "awful tragedy".

Johnny Nevin, principal of Maynooth Post-Primary School, said Oisin's death was a terrible tragedy for the Quigley family, the school, Maynooth Community College and the community.

"We are deeply saddened by these events. Our thoughts are with the Quigley family and friends and the other students involved in the incident," he said. "Oisin was a second-year student and will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

He has two siblings in the school - David in transition year and Caoimhe in sixth year. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time," Mr Nevin added.

Irish Independent

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