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Dad's panic in hunt for pool tragedy son

A FATHER-of-two thought his little boy had been snatched -- until he was pulled from the deep end of a Killarney hotel swimming pool.

Eoin Fannin of Belclare Park, Poppintree, Ballmun, had frantically been looking for his five-year-old son Tadhg just before his lifeless body was pulled from a swimming pool in the hotel where the family had been staying.

An inquest into the death of the little boy at a coroner's court in Tralee yesterday heard that Tadhg's father and his mother, Carrie Ann, couldn't bear to be at the inquest.

He was pronounced dead at Kerry General Hospital on July 18 last year after falling into the swimming pool at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney where they family had been staying on a short break. Mr Fannin's deposition, read out at the coroner's court, told of how the devoted father had been teaching his son to swim early that morning before tragedy struck.

He said he regretted ever going for the swim on the morning -- just hours before the family was due to return to Dublin.


"We were going up and down the pool with a float and Tadhg was kicking his legs and I was telling him he was doing a great job," Mr Fannin's deposition read.

They had started their morning swim with about 10 minutes in the baby pool before going to the big pool. Mr Fannin recalled how happy his son had been that morning. When he left Tadhg back at the baby pool while he went to do a few laps, he said his son gave him a hug and told him he loved him. When he returned to the baby pool after his swim, he said he could not find his son anywhere.

Mr Fannin checked the toilet and the men's changing room calling his son's name. He said at this stage he was convinced someone had taken his son but when he returned to the pool area he was told his son was taken out of the water.

He saw the lifeguard and another man perform CPR on Tadhg before he was taken by ambulance to hospital. Despite the efforts of the hospital staff he was pronounced dead at 1.15pm.

The jury returned a verdict of death due to acute cardio-respiratory failure due to drowning.