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Locals in Roscommon left reeling after brother and sister Dessie Byrne and Muriel Eriksson drown at Ballybunion in Kerry

A neighborhood is in shock after a person and his sister drown whereas swimming at a well-liked vacationer spot.

One in every of two, Dessie Byrne, 52, died attempting to rescue 62-year-old Muriel Eriksson when she bumped into bother at Ballybunion Seaside in Co Kerry.

Mr Byrne’s teenage son, who was on the seaside on the time, is claimed to have witnessed the tragedy on Thursday afternoon.

Initially from Athlone, Mr Byrne and his spouse, Paulette, have lived within the village of Lecarrow in Co Roscommon for over 20 years.

He was a carpenter and had his personal carpet layer.

If you speak about Dessie Byrne, you consider a humorous character who all the time had a smile on his face

His sister lived in Malmö, southern Sweden, for the previous few years, however had very shut ties to Eire.

It’s recognized that she was employed by the native authorities in Malmö as an administrative assistant within the well being division.

A spokesman declined to remark yesterday, saying no official contact had been made about her demise.

In Baylough, exterior Athlone, cousins ​​of the siblings refused to speak in regards to the tragedy, saying they have been “extraordinarily shocked” by their demise and that it was “very uncooked”.

Westmeath County Council chairman Aengus O’Rourke was a childhood pal of the Byrne household and stated the whole neighborhood was surprised by the tragedy.

“If you speak about Dessie Byrne, you consider a humorous character who all the time had a smile on his face,” he stated.

“I simply can’t consider he is gone. He was such a multi-talented man.

“Everyone seems to be surprised by the magnitude of this tragedy.”

O’Rourke stated the Byrne household was “drastically revered” within the locality.

Because the individuals of the village of Lecarrow struggled to come back to phrases with the tragedy, Noel Galvin, president of the native Lecarrow Lazers Biking Membership, stated he had grown up with Mr Byrne in Baylough, and that each had moved to the Lecarrow space.

He described him as a “very humorous man, an important character, a household man”.

“He was very distinguished in our biking membership and took part in lots of charity cycles – we cycled to Wales and throughout Eire. He was a welcome man,” he stated.

Native individuals are shocked and saddened, Mr O’Rourke stated.


Desmond Byrne and Muriel Eriksson

“He was such a distinguished member of the neighborhood – he would all the time assist with something for a very good trigger, he was all the time round so everyone seems to be surprised,” he added.

“Even individuals who do not know him are surprised as a result of Lecarrow is shut and if one thing like this occurs, we are going to collect, and within the coming days we are going to rally.”

It’s recognized that Mr Byrne, his sister and his son arrived in Ballybunion simply days earlier than the tragedy.

Mrs Eriksson was on vacation from Sweden.

It’s believed that the siblings went for a day swim on the seaside shortly after 4pm on Thursday afternoon once they bumped into bother.

Mr Byrne’s distressed son, who was on the seaside on the time, was discovered by emergency companies and handled for shock earlier than being later reunited with kinfolk.

Everyone seems to be surprised by the magnitude of this tragedy

Kerry rescue officers described the tragedy because the worst swimming accident within the space in additional than three many years.

Ranked as one of the crucial picturesque in Eire, Ballybunion Strand is thought for robust tides and highly effective currents that circulation alongside the north coast of Kerry – currents that may be harmful to the unwary.

It’s believed that Ms. Eriksson first acquired into bother whereas swimming offshore.

Her brother, who was additionally swimming, is claimed to have realized she was in bother and got here to her support.

Nevertheless, he quickly fell sufferer to the identical currents and in addition acquired into bother.

At 6pm, the alarm was raised when a passerby noticed what they believed was a person struggling within the sea.

Mr Byrne’s physique was later washed nearer to shore and when emergency companies reached the world they have been unable to drag him out of the water.

Native individuals in Ballybunion have been distraught by the tragedy

Regardless of prolonged makes an attempt to resuscitate him, he was pronounced lifeless on the scene.

Amid native considerations that two extra individuals have been left within the water, a large rescue operation was launched.

These concerned items of the Irish Coast Guard, together with the Shannon-based Rescue 115 helicopter, a Kilrush-based RNLI lifeboat, the Ballybunion Coastal Lifeboat and Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue.

The Irish Group Air Ambulance, primarily based in north Cork, with Gardaí and HSE officers offering shore help, was additionally concerned within the operation.

A short while later, the physique of Mrs. Eriksson’s sister was recovered from the water.

She grew to become unresponsive and, regardless of makes an attempt to resuscitate her, she was additionally pronounced lifeless on the scene.

Each our bodies have been later transferred to Kerry College Hospital (UHK), the place an post-mortem was carried out yesterday.

Garda sources stated the deaths have been handled as tragic accidents, with each siblings believed to have drowned.

A file is now being ready for a Kerry coroner’s investigation subsequent yr.

Native individuals in Ballybunion have been distraught by the tragedy.

Councilor Robert Beasley stated everybody on the town was shocked on the double lack of life.

He had been strolling alongside the cliffs when he noticed the emergency operation, however thought it was a coaching train.

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