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Heartache as drowned boy Joshua Hill (10) to be laid to rest

Joshua Hill died in a drowning accident in Co Louth
Joshua Hill died in a drowning accident in Co Louth

By David Young

Funeral arrangements have been announced for the young boy who died after a tragic drowning incident in Co Louth yesterday.

A funeral Mass will be held this morning at 11am in St Michael's Church, Carlingford.

Joshua Hill (10) died after getting into difficulties in a hot tub at his home.

Emergency services went to his aid yesterday morning, and the little boy was rushed to hospital in Drogheda, but Joshua's life could not be saved.

His mum Olivia comes originally from Killeavy in south Armagh.

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty - a friend of the family - sent condolences to the child's heartbroken parents and relatives.

"This tragedy is shocking and heartbreaking for the Hill family and for communities of Killeavy and Carlingford.

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"My thoughts and prayers are with Joshua's parents Olivia and Peter, with his older brother Oliver and with the Hill and Mackin families and friends at this terrible time," he said.

"I pray the families can summon the strength from somewhere to help them cope.

"I know they will have the full support of community and friends," he added.

Local people expressed their shock and sadness at the news and have shared their condolences with the family.

Fianna Fail councillor Sean Kelly, who represents the Dundalk/Carlingford electoral area, said the tragedy was "the worst nightmare" for every family.

"Just absolutely devastating news and every family's worst nightmare," he said.

"Thoughts and prayers of the whole community of north Louth and the peninsula go out to the family concerned," the councillor said.

Expressing her condolences to the family, who are understood to have moved to the village a number of years ago, Fianna Fail councillor Erin McGreehan said: "We have a very strong community in Carlingford and the area - and we will rally around them."

Tributes and messages of sympathy poured in on social media in the wake of the tragedy.

"God wrap your arms around them.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you Olivia, Peter and Oliver.

"Rest in Peace wee angel Joshua," Michael Shiels posted.

Leigh-Jane Mooney wrote: "So sorry to hear this.

"Thoughts and prayers go out to the Hill and Mackin family and this terribly sad time."

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