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Saturday 25 November 2017

Tragic Logan remembered as ‘fun-loving’ child at funeral

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

THE little boy who drowned tragically at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin was today remembered as a fun-loving, lively child.

Four year-old Logan Joyce died after wandering into a pool with a gentle current at the Blanchardstown venue on Sunday.

At his funeral at the Church of the Annunciation in Finglas, family friend Fr Paddy Kelly said mourners can only imagine the pain felt by Logan's grieving parents, Michael and Tracey.

"Logan was a beautiful child who brought so much happiness and joy to all who knew him," Fr Kelly said.

"He was lively, he was fun-loving, and he was loved by all and he'll be really badly missed by all his family.

"Our hearts go out to you, Tracey and Michael."

Logan's small white coffin lay at the foot of the altar, surrounded by large photographs of him taken from the family collection.

Fr Kelly said what had happened must be a "parent's worst nightmare".

A lone piper played as a horse-drawn carriage carrying Logan's coffin was brought from the Church to Dardistown Cemetery

Logan’s family visited the National Aquatic Centre, in Abbotstown, on last Sunday afternoon.

His father Michael had been waiting nearby for his son to come down a slide suitable for his age group, when he realised the youngster was missing.

The Lazy River is almost four feet in depth and has a gentle current, which moves the swimmer around at two miles an hour.

The alarm was first raised when Logan's lifeless body was seen floating in the water by a passerby.

His distraught father desperately called for help and looked on as lifeguards attempted to resuscitate the boy.

He was rushed by ambulance to nearby Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where, despite the efforts of a medical team to revive him, he was pronounced dead.

His terrified siblings, Crystal (7) and Brandon (6) also witnessed the scene.

His uncle David Joyce described the little boy as "mad for the outdoors" and a loveable rogue.

"We called him Roguey Logey," he said.

"He was such a happy little character. He loved life more than any kid I have ever met.

"He was quite big for his age and he and his brother Brandon were inseparable.

"They looked the same age so we nicknamed them the Irish twins’’.

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