Thursday 5 December 2019

Teenager (19) falls to his death in freak holiday accident

Ryan O’Shea: slipped while on holiday with his family
Ryan O’Shea: slipped while on holiday with his family

Greg Harkin

A teenager has fallen to his death while on a family holiday in Spain.

Ryan O'Shea (19) from Killybegs in Co Donegal was staying with his parents Sean and Joanne at their holiday home outside Torremolinos, to the north of the city of Malaga, when the accident happened.

It is understood he was sitting on a wall when he slipped and fell, hitting his head.

Mr O'Shea was from a well-known fishing family in the town where his father Sean runs a fish processing business.

It is the third tragedy to hit the family in recent years.

Sean's cousin Oliver Cunningham (43), also from Killybegs, died after he tripped and fell into the harbour at Castletownbere in west Cork as he made his way back to his vessel in April 2011.

In November 2002, Mr Cunningham's brother Matthew (25) drowned after he fell into Killybegs harbour.

Last night Donegal TD Thomas Pringle, who lives in the town, said family and friends had been left "numb" by the tragedy.

"People are in absolute shock at the death of a well-liked local young man on his holidays with his family," he said.

"It's all the more tragic for a family which has suffered so much in the past."

The Department of Foreign Affairs said that the family had not asked for consular assistance.

Meanwhile, a man whose body was found off the Donegal coast six days after he was reported missing by his family has been named locally as Michael Green from Ray near Rathmullan in the county.

Mr Green, who was in his 30s, had recently returned to Ireland after working in London and had been living on his yacht which was anchored in Sheephaven Bay near a local monastery Ards Friary.

His body was found washed up off rocks close to the Rosapenna Hotel outside Downings. A post mortem examination was being carried out yesterday.

It is understood a dinghy which had been attached by a rope to the yacht was found overturned.

Irish Independent

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