Father and son drown in Dublin stream

Father and son drown in stream in Dublin
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A young father and his son were found dead in a stream in Cabra on Easter Sunday after a tragic accident.

Seán ‘Curly’ Sweeney, who was in his 30s, and his three-year-old son were on a visit to nearby relatives when they took a shortcut through a fence and across a stream close to Royal Canal.

It is understood they slipped and fell into the water which was deep at the time. They had been visiting relatives to exchange Easter eggs.

A passer-by discovered the pair at about 3pm on Easter Sunday. Emergency services were called but paramedics were unable to resuscitate either of them.

Neighbours gathered on the green yesterday evening as a number of Dublin Fire Brigade units and a dozen gardaí preserved the scene. An investigation is ongoing but indications remain that it was a tragic accident.

The bodies were removed from the scene at about 6pm. Post-mortem examinations are due to take place today.

Originally from Finglas, Sean Sweeney’s family live in Ashington Park and the boy’s mother lived across the Royal Canal.

Local councillor Brendan Carr (Labour) said that the local area is “in shock”.

“He was a nice young lad, from a very respected family.”

Shortly after the bodies were removed, gardaí were called from the scene to a nearby house where a distressed young man – believed to be a grieving relative – had caused a disturbance. He and another young man were detained briefly but later released.

The site is close to where a plaque has been erected in memory of another child who drowned some years ago.

 

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