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Three-year-old boy dies after hotel pool incident

Published 14/07/2015

The toddler was taken to hospital in Dublin after the incident
The toddler was taken to hospital in Dublin after the incident

A toddler who was involved in an incident in a hotel swimming pool has died.

The three-year-old, named locally as Ronan Kennedy, was airlifted to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin yesterday.

The youngster was with his parents, John and Bridget, at the Quality Hotel in Redbarn near Youghal, Co Cork, when he got into difficulty.

A Garda investigation is being carried out by officers in Middleton. A report will be made to the coroner's office and an inquest will be held.

It is understood the family, from Templederry in Co Tipperary, were on a short break at the hotel.

The toddler was treated at the hotel by staff, understood to be trained lifesavers, after the incident before being transferred to Cork University Hospital.

He was later flown by air ambulance to Dublin for treatment at Temple Street where he was pronounced dead at around midday.

The Quality Hotel said the incident occurred at about 2pm yesterday.

Two lifeguards employed by the hotel performed CPR on the youngster after he was taken from the water.

The hotel said: "We are deeply saddened to learn that he has since passed away. The hotel management and staff are very shocked and upset by this event and their thoughts are with the little boy's family."

A counsellor was at the hotel to speak to guests and staff, it added.

Separately, an Irish citizen has died in a suspected drowning in Croatia.

The incident reportedly involved a teenage boy from the Galway area.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is providing consular assistance to his family.

"We are aware of the death of an Irish citizen in Croatia and, along with our embassy in Zagreb, we are providing consular assistance to the family," a spokeswoman said.

Willie Kennedy, a councillor from the Borrisoleigh area of Tipperary, knows Mr and Mrs Kennedy and both of their extended families and described the sense of shock locally.

"The whole community is numb with shock," he said.

"To think that this happened in the way that it did. They were on a hotel break where you wouldn't think something like this could happen, it wasn't as though they were at the beach or in the sea.

"It's just terrible."

The dead boy's father is a farmer while his wife works in a pharmacy in Nenagh.

They have two other sons, one older and one younger than Ronan.

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