Against all odds, the large scale search for the skipper of a Wexford fishing vessel brought some closure to his family on Tuesday evening of last week, after the body of Dominick 'Dom' Sinnott (45) from Kilmore was pulled from the water some 60 miles from Rosslare Harbour.
The authorities held out little hope of ever finding Mr Sinnott's remains, due to uncertainty over what point he actually entered the water. As a result, they were working with a huge search area and Kilmore and Rosslare RNLI combined efforts with the Coast Guard helicopter, the Air Corps and local fishing vessels over a number of days.
Having searched for four days, things were looking increasingly bad in terms of recovering the father of two's remains, however, on Tuesday evening it emerged that a body had been recovered from the sea at an area known to fishermen as 'The Smalls' some 60 miles from Rosslare Harbour and around 35 miles from the point of Carne.
The body was brought on board the law enforcement vessel the Ocean Osprey, which is understood to have been carrying out surveys in the area, before being airlifted by Coast Guard helicopter to Waterford University Hospital for a post mortem. Gardaí say they are not treating the death as suspicious.
Not even a week before Dom was lost, his crew-mate Viktor Sokolovskij lost his life after falling between the trawler they worked on, the Ellie Adhamh, and the pier in Rosslare.
A native of Rackardstown, Kilmore, Dom was the beloved husband of Tina and loving father to Ellie and Finn. He was also a loving son to Lily, the late Vinny and Nick and a brother to Decky, Rachel, Nicola and Haley.
Countless tributes poured in on social media to Dom - by all accounts a man with a big heart who was always the life and soul of the party and brought great laughter into the lives of those around him.
A skilled fisherman he loved nothing more than to be out on the high seas. A wealth of knowledge and experience, he was always happy to lend a helping hand to others along the way.
A big congregation filed into St Mary's Church in Kilmore on Saturday to offer their support to Dom's family and bid one last final farewell to a well-loved character.
After a moving ceremony, Dom was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.