Tributes paid to Caolan (15) who died after Shannon swim turned to tragedy
A teenager who died in a swimming accident in Athlone had gone out to play football with friends, his family has said.
Caolan Webster Seoighe got in to difficulty as he cooled off in the River Shannon at Brick Island during warm weather on Wednesday.
Caolan, who only turned 15 last week, disappeared under the water not far from the Athlone Sub Aqua clubhouse and his panicked friends raised the alarm.
Members of the sub aqua club and the RNLI's Coosan Point unit found Caolan and rushed him to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
He was later transferred to Temple Street Children's University Hospital, Dublin, where he died.
His cousin Richard Seoighe said Caolan was a popular young lad who loved music, football and sport.
"He went out to play football, but you never think he would come back in a box. The Shannon takes so many but you never think it will be your own," he said.
"He had great ambition, and loved music, and his dream was to join the army or the gardaí."
Caolan, a second-year student at the local Marist school, lived at home with his parents Sean and Bernadette in the tight-knit terrace of St Patrick's on the outskirts of the town. He was third in a family of six.
His sixth-class teacher at Scoil na gCeithre Máistrí, Gearóid Ó Duibhir, said Caolan was quick to smile and laugh.
"He was a polite, well-mannered boy, quiet in his ways in class and this is how he will be remembered by his teachers," he added.