Talented Limerick soccer player to be laid to rest next week

The late Wassiou Ayewe Moran will be laid to rest next Tuesday (June 6)

A TALENTED Limerick soccer player who died in a jet ski accident last Wednesday (May 31) is to be laid to rest this coming Tuesday.

Wassiou Ayawe Moran (19), one of ten siblings from Old Clare Street in Limerick City, died when a jet ski he was reportedly riding, along with two females, got into difficulty on Lough Derg, Killaloe, Co Clare.

It is believed the jet ski flipped over near Kilaloe Bridge, resulting in Mr Ayawe Moran’s death at the scene. The two females, who were wearing life jackets, were not injured but they were left severely shocked after they managed to swim to safety.

A post mortem was to be carried out on the young man’s body at University Hospital Limerick, and the local coroner’s office was to be contacted to schedule an inquest hearing to confirm the cause of death.

Funeral arrangements for Mr Ayawe Moran were announced earlier today.

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An obituary posted online stated Mr Ayawe Moran “who died following a tragic accident on May 31, 2023, is very deeply regretted by his loving mam Tracey, father Wassiou, brothers Jordan, Mohamed, and Deondre, his sisters Tiana, Aaieshah, Abbie, Shaniqua, Ariana, and Laytoya”.

Mr Ayawe Moran’s remains will be reposing on Monday evening (June 5) at Cross’s Funeral Home, Lower Gerard Griffin Street, from 2pm to 4pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Tuesday (June 6) from 11am in St Mary’s Church, with burial afterwards at Mount St Lawrence Cemetery.

Valentia Coast Guard coordinated a search and rescue operation in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and the National Ambulance Service at around 5.30pm last Wednesday.

Following an extensive search involving the Killaloe Coast Guard, the Killaloe/Ballina Search and Rescue, Killaloe Fire Service, and the Shannon-based Coast Guard Search and Rescue Helicopter “Rescue 115”, Mr Ayawe Moran’s body was recovered from the lake around 7.30pm on Wednesday evening.

He was regarded as a promising underage footballer with Limerick FC, where he had impressed coaches as a forward.

He had attended CBS Secondary School in Limerick City and had graduated to study at the University of Limerick.