Man dies after fall in Tolka on way home

PUB: Pal raised alarm

Conor Feehan

A MAN has died after falling into the Tolka River on his way home from a pub with a friend.

David McLaren was rushed to hospital after slipping into the river on Friday evening, but lost his battle for life in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 47-year-old, who was living in temporary rented accommodation in Virginia Drive, Finglas, plunged into the river after losing his footing on the bank near the junction with Tolka Valley Road.


"It appears he was on his way back home after a few drinks in Glasnevin cemetery with friends when the tragedy occurred," said a source.

"He was with a friend when he fell in the river and that's how the alarm was raised," the source added.

Gardai and paramedics attended the scene near the junction of Tolka Valley Road and the Finglas Road, and Mr McLaren was rushed to the Mater Hospital.

Doctors fought to save his life but he died at around 3.30am on Saturday morning.

Friends who called to his home to pay their respects described Mr McLaren as "a decent man".

"The lad who was with him is broken up over what happened," said one friend.

"They were out for a few drinks and David fell in the river on the way back. It happened really suddenly and everyone is very shocked and upset over it," the friend added.

Gardai were today awaiting the results of a post mortem but said the incident was being treated as a tragic accident.