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Man and son (3) drowned in Dublin

By Robin Schiller

Published 28/03/2016

Garda sealed off the scene yesterday as senior detectives arrived to carry out investigations into the tragedy
Garda sealed off the scene yesterday as senior detectives arrived to carry out investigations into the tragedy

A father and his young son died after falling into a body of water beside the Royal Canal in Dublin yesterday.

The father, named locally as Sean Sweeney, who was in his mid 30s, was on his way to visit a relative on Easter Sunday with his three-year-old son Lee when the tragedy occurred.

It is believed the toddler fell into the water accidentally before his dad desperately attempted to rescue him.

However Sean, known as 'Curley' in the Cabra area, sadly also died in the tragic accident. The bodies of the father and son were discovered by a passer-by who immediately alerted emergency services. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The shocking incident occurred at approximately 3pm yesterday in the Ashington Park area of Ashtown.

Garda sealed off the scene yesterday as senior detectives arrived to carry out investigations into the tragedy.

Garda are also in the process of interviewing relatives in the hopes of piecing together the exact circumstances which led to the deaths.

Shocked locals gathered at the scene yesterday evening. They looked on in disbelief as an ambulance arrived shortly before 6pm to remove the bodies of the young man and his toddler son.

Despite the investigation being in the preliminary stages, Garda are not treating the deaths as suspicious and believe it was simply a tragic accident.

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