Brave Oisin (13) was 'full of dreams' for his future
Schoolboy Oisin Quigley (13), who tragically drowned while trying to save his friend's life, was last night described as "a fun-loving young boy" who was full of "hopes and dreams for the future".
Oisin was with a group of teenagers walking on the banks of the Lyreen River at Maynooth, Co Kildare, on Tuesday when the tragedy struck.
It is understood that the Maynooth Post Primary school student got into trouble after he jumped in to try and save a friend who had fallen into the river.
His death has left the community reeling, according to local priest Fr Liam Rigney.
"The tragic death of a fun-loving young boy - at that time in life when we are full of hopes, dreams and plans for the future - is especially difficult," Fr Liam Rigney told the Herald.
"In this dark moment, we offer our prayers and support to his family.
"We especially remember Oisin's two friends who were involved in this tragedy with him, and we pray for their continued recovery."
Oisin's funeral will be held at the Church of St Mary, Maynooth, on Saturday at 11am.
The drowning happened in a remote area on the Kilcock Road near a concrete bridge that crosses the Lyreen River.
Oisin's friends managed to raise the alarm and paramedics were quickly on the scene.
He was rushed to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, but was pronounced dead a short time later.
Gardai in Maynooth have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
They are not treating the incident as suspicious, but as an "awful tragedy".