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Heartbreak of pool tragedy boy's brother

THE older brother of drowning victim Logan Joyce is "too upset" to sleep in the bedroom shared by the pair.

Brandon Joyce (6) and his three siblings were today still coming to terms with the death of their four-year-old brother Logan on Sunday night.

Logan drowned after encountering difficulty in the Lazy River pool area of the National Aquatic Centre.

Both the gardai and the centre's management were today continuing to probe the boy's death.

Speaking to the Herald, Logan's heartbroken father Michael, above, who was at the centre when the tragedy occurred, spoke about the effect the death was having on Brandon.

"Brandon and Logan were best friends -- not just brothers. They idolised each other. Brandon has taken the news very. The pair share a bedroom and slept in a bunk-bed. They were so close. Brandon has been too upset to sleep in the room without Logan," he said.

"It's still incredibly difficult for it to sink in. Our lives have caved in. Both myself and Tracy [Logan's mother] were so close to him. He was a little angel." The news comes as Logan's little body was returned to the family home from Connolly Hospital morgue.

His Removal Mass takes place tonight and his funeral will be held in Finglas, North Dublin tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Herald has learned that the boys' grandfather, David Joyce, visited the pool area where Logan died in a bid to "find answers".

David told the Herald: "I needed to see where Logan drowned. I just believe that it will happen to more children. I don't want anyone to go through what this family is going through in the wake of Logan's death."

The family is in close contact with Blanchardstown gardai.

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