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Louth boy Joshua Hill (10) drowns in hot tub tragedy

The SDLP's Justin McNulty passed on his condolences to the child's grieving family circle in Armagh and Louth (stock photo)
The SDLP's Justin McNulty passed on his condolences to the child's grieving family circle in Armagh and Louth (stock photo)

By Robin Schiller and David Young

Communities on both sides of the border were left heartbroken after a 10-year-old boy drowned in Co Louth yesterday.

The child, named locally as Joshua Hill, was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, where he was pronounced dead.

It is believed he got into difficulty in a hot tub at a house in Carlingford.

The SDLP's Justin McNulty passed on his condolences to the child's grieving family circle in Armagh and Louth.

"This tragedy is shocking and heartbreaking for the Hill family and for the communities of Killeavy and Carlingford," the Newry and Armagh MLA wrote Facebook.

"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.

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

"I know that they will have the full support of community and friends.

"Our deepest condolences are with them all."

Local people expressed their shock and sadness at the news.

They also extended their condolences to the boy's heartbroken family.

Fianna Fail councillor Sean Kelly, who represents the Dundalk and Carlingford electoral area, said the death was a terrible tragedy.

"(It is) just absolutely devastating news and every family's worst nightmare," he added.

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

The family is understood to have moved to the loughside village a number of years ago.

Local councillor Erin McGreehan said: "We have a very strong community in Carlingford and the area and we will rally around them."

A Garda spokesperson said a file would be prepared for the Irish coroner.

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