Tragedies claim three lives

The Irish Coastguard helicopter from Shannon transferring one of the casualties from the house fire in Meelick last Friday. Photograph Liam Burke Press 22

A FALL, a fire and a fatal accident claimed the lives of three men last week, all in tragic circumstances.

19 year-old Jack Walsh from Askeaton died after sustaining catastrophic head injuries in a fall from a balcony at a hotel in Santa Ponsa on the holiday island of Mallorca.

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The talented young sportsman who was a triplet with two sisters, died on Thursday, June 14 at Son Espases University Hospital when his life support was turned off.

He had just completed his Leaving Cert exams at Coláiste Mhuire in Askeaton and travelled to Mallorca to celebrate finishing school with his friends.

He fell 12 metres from a balcony in the holiday resort and it is believed that some of his friends from Askeaton who were with him in the hotel, tried to revive him after the fall. Spanish police are continuing their investigations into the incident.

Family, friends and the wider community in Meelick are still coming to terms with the shocking death of popular local musician Joe Quinn last week.

Mr Quinn, who would have turned 90 this week, was airlifted to hospital after he fell into a fire at his home in Knockroe in Meelick last Friday evening.

His son, Seamus, was also injured as he ran to his father’s aid, but he died in a Cork hospital as a result of extensive burns.

The father of four and talented accordion player was laid to rest in the grounds of Meelick church following requiem mass on Wednesday.

Separately, the young Brazilian student who died in a road crash on the Clare Limerick border on June 9 has had his ashes scattered in Donegal.

24-year-old Dheyllon Ruan Ribeiro was a student at the Limerick Language Centre and planned on remaining in Limerick before he died when the car he was a passenger in struck a wall at Barry’s Cross on the Limerick to Broadford road.

The collision occurred in the early hours of June 9 and the father of one, known as Ruan to friends and family, died later at Cork University Hospital.

Ruan’s mother, Cinthya, who was with her son in Cork following the accident, scattered his ashes in Donegal as he had always wanted to travel there.

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