TRIBUTES have poured in for the heroic Dublin soccer coach who drowned while coming to the aid of his teenage son and his two friends.
James O'Reilly (37) entered the sea off the Wexford coast in the holiday village of Courtown on Saturday when the boys, including his own son Karl, went for a swim in the harbour.
He dived into the cold waters as the strong current started to sweep one of the youngsters out to sea, but during the rescue attempt he got into difficulties.
Mr O'Reilly, from the Ashington area of Cabra, was a coach and schoolboy team manager with Navan Road United. He had travelled to Co Wexford along with a group of young players to play a fixture.
"He was an absolute gentleman and no words can express the grief and sorrow everyone feels," manager and chairman of the club, Stephen Loughwood, told the Herald.
Mr O'Reilly, who worked in construction, managed an under-15 team in the North Dublin Schoolboys League.