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Bray drowning victim Ciarán Megannety was a kind man who was always keen to help out

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The late Ciarán Megannety.

The late Ciarán Megannety.

Beach memorial to the late Ciarán Megannety.

Beach memorial to the late Ciarán Megannety.

The late Ciarán Megannety.

The late Ciarán Megannety.

The late Ciarán Megannety.

The late Ciarán Megannety.

The late Ciarán Megannety.

The late Ciarán Megannety.

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The late Ciarán Megannety.

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There was an huge outpouring of shock and sadness across Bray following the tragic death of Ciarán Megannety, a native of Meath Road.

Well-known sea swimmer Ciarán died after he got into difficulty during one of his regular early morning swims off Bray beach on Sunday morning. 

Emergency services, including a rescue helicopter, gardaí and ambulance, attended the scene after receiving reports of a swimmer in difficulty in strong currents. His body was recovered for the sea by the emergency services and members of the public at around 8:30 a.m. Valiant efforts were made to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ciarán lived in the family home with his late sister Geraldine’s husband Brendan Conroy, niece Gemma and nephew Paul. As a child, he attended a special school at the top of Tivoli Hill in Sallynoggin, as he had difficulty with reading and writing. He had a very strong bond with his late mother Ena, whom he described as his best friend. 

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Brother-in-law Brendan said: “He would turn his hand to most things. He delivered flowers for the Mermaid florist on the main street for many years, he worked with the church quite a lot and Tommy Murphy would be his main one. You name it, he would do it.”

Ciarán’s nephew Paul said: “He did a lot of work with the Church where he helped out a lot.”

Ciarán was also very involved in the community. 

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Beach memorial to the late Ciarán Megannety.

Beach memorial to the late Ciarán Megannety.

Beach memorial to the late Ciarán Megannety.

Gemma said “He was happy to go out and be with of his friends. He was quite involved in the Bray Summer Fest when it would go on, Darkness in to Light, he used to go over to Lourdes, he was big in Purple House, he used to do the Meals on Wheels on Christmas Day. He did a lot of charity work.”

Sea swimming was a passion for Ciarán, who was a bachelor.

Gemma said: “During Covid, swimming every day helped him a lot, just to get out and see people.”

Paul said: “That’s what shocking about this, that he did swim every day.”

Paul said Ciarán was swimming on the northerly part of the beach on Sunday, an area that is known for its treacherous currents. 

Brendan said: “Ciarán was a good swimmer, there was a rip tide there. I wonder why people swim there."

Paul said Ciarán was a real presence in Bray. “It’s incredible to see the outpouring of tributes we are getting. People I haven’t spoke to in years, its just incredible he had that engagement with the community.

"They made a nice tribute to Ciarán at the beach, we were down to see it on Monday, and it was something that made me appreciate that he was so loved.”

The family expressed gratitude to all those who tried to save Ciarán and appealed for swimmers to take care in the treacherous areas. They family said they are still coming to terms with the tragic loss of Ciarán.

“You hear so many stories of close calls down there but you never expect it to be that close to home. Ciarán loved to go down there,” said Gemma. 

“It is a comfort to hear such nice things said, and that he was such a presence in the community."

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The late Ciarán Megannety.

The late Ciarán Megannety.

The late Ciarán Megannety.

Message of condolence have poured in to RIP.ie and social media from friends, fellow sea swimmers who are stunned at his loss.

Dozens of comments referenced Ciarán’s smile and big hello that he give to everyone, and lamented the loss of a gentle soul taken far too soon.

One message on RIP read: “I have missed seeing your smiling face for so long around your usual haunts in Bray. I am so saddened I will never get to chat with you again. May your gentle soul sail into the sunset and rest In peace.”

Another tribute read: “You always said hello with a friendly smile even though I never knew you, this is so sad, may you rest in peace. Condolences to all your family and friends.”

One message read:: “It’s a true testament to a man who I’m sure most of us didn’t know his second name but when you heard Ciaran you knew who it was. Very sad day in Bray. May he RIP.”

The family said Ciarán loved the Bray Sea Swimmers group and had great affection for his fellow swimmers. 

Ciarán was highly regarded in Bray for his volunteering efforts and was a recipient of an Endeavour Award from Bray Chamber.

Bray Chamber wrote: “Ciaran Megannety’s passing is a great loss to Bray and we are shocked and saddened by the tragic news of his accident. He was always generous with his time, constantly volunteering to help out at community events and festivals. His affable nature was the key to his fundraising abilities, whether he was sourcing prizes or selling tickets. Ciaran loved to chat to people, and he regularly attended events and he was a great source of local community news. Ciaran’s community contributions were recognised at the 2015 Endeavour Awards, and it was a great pleasure to celebrate all that he did for the community with him. Ciaran will be sadly missed by Bray & District Chamber members and the extended community. RIP.”

Another post on RIP said: “Ciaran will be sadly missed by all colleagues and friends in Bray Men’s Shed. Always first to volunteer for any job that needed doing in the Shed. May he rest in peace.”

Ciarán was predeceased by his parents, Gerard and Ena, sister Geraldine and cousin John. Will be sadly missed by his loving family, his brother-in-law Brendan, nephew Paul, niece Gemma, his many cousins, extended family and a very large circle of friends.

Ciarán will repose at Thomas Murphy and Sons Funeral Home, Boghall Road, Bray on Thursday evening, November 17, from 5pm to 6pm.

Ciaran’s funeral will take place on Friday, November 18, travelling from Thomas Murphy and Sons Funeral Home, Boghall Road, Bray on foot to the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, for 10.30  a.m. mass. This will be followed by a private cremation for family and close friends.


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