Monday 11 December 2017

Irishman found dead in harbour in New Zealand after night out

Tragic death: Finbarr Clabby
Tragic death: Finbarr Clabby
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

The devastated family of an Irishman found dead in New Zealand have thanked his friends at home and abroad for their support.

The body of Finbarr Clabby (39) from Galway was recovered from Wellington Harbour around 10 hours after he was last seen by a friend.

Mr Clabby, who had been living in New Zealand for a number of years, had been socialising with friends on Saturday night after attending a rugby match earlier in the evening.

His body was discovered in the harbour shortly before 11am the next day.

Mr Clabby's older brother Dan said he was a very popular man with a wide circle of friends.

"The Clabby family feel very comforted by the fact that he had so many loyal friends in New Zealand. By all accounts, he had so many friends in New Zealand, there are so many messages coming through on Facebook about him.

"Our shared sudden tragedy is made easier by the compassion shown in sympathetic messages from home and abroad."

Mr Clabby had attended the Super Rugby final in Wellington's Westpac Stadium with a friend on the night before he was found dead.

"The night before he was found was a big rugby game, it was the rugby equivalent of the champions league final over there. He was there with one of his pals and they went to a bar and then they went their separate ways home. Then Finbarr was found the next morning," Dan said.

"The main thing is to express our appreciation of the fact that he had so many loyal friends in New Zealand."

Mr Clabby had been home twice in the last 18 months. One of these trips was to celebrate his sister's wedding.

A Wellington Police spokesperson said no foul play is suspected in Mr Clabby's death and a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family.

Irish Independent

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