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Taoiseach extends his condolences to the family of the boy (7) who died following a tragic accident in the Co Clare hotel swimming pool

The boy was taken by ambulance from the Leisure Center at the Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre, which overlooks the picturesque towns of Ballina and Killaloe, on Saturday afternoon.

It is understood the boy had attended a birthday party at the hotel.

The child was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.

Taoiseach Simon Harris wrote on social media on Sunday: “Absolutely heartbreaking. I know people across Ireland are keeping this family and the community of Clonlara in Co Clare in their thoughts and prayers at such a sad and difficult time.”

In a statement, the hotel said: “Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and those who knew the young boy who passed away yesterday following a tragic accident in our swimming pool.

“We extend our sincere thanks to our lifeguards, team members and emergency services who did everything they could to respond to this incident.”

In response to questions, a Garda spokesperson said: “Gardaí and emergency services responded to an incident at a swimming pool on a property in Killaloe, Co. Clare, shortly before 3pm on Saturday 20 April 2024.”

“A 7-year-old boy was transported from the scene to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced deceased.”

“The local coroner has been notified and arrangements are being made for a post-mortem examination”

It is understood the boy was pulled unconscious from the water and desperate efforts were made to save his life at the pool.

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Garda sources said they were treating the boy’s death as a “tragic accident”.

The swimming pool at the hotel’s leisure center was closed immediately.

Local people offered their condolences to the boy’s family.

One community member burst into tears and said: “God love them, it’s every parent’s worst nightmare.”

More to follow…