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Swimming pals pay special tribute to tragic Paraic

HUNDREDS have paid tribute to the Cork swimmer who died during his bid to swim the English Channel.

Paraic Casey's Requiem Mass took place today in Cork with his swimming cap and goggles laid on his coffin as a mark of his love for the sea.

Paraic (45) from Passage West was just 1km from the French coast when he fell ill at 3am on Sunday and had to be dragged from the sea into his support boat, Pace Arrow.

Frantic efforts to stabilise his condition failed and he was pronounced dead before he could be airlifted to Le Touquet. He died from a suspected heart attack.

Mr Casey had been just over 15 hours in the water when he fell ill. A tribute will now be paid by Mr Casey's swimming friends and club mates who will form a special guard of honour.

The mourners will be led by Mr Casey's wife, Riana Parsons-Casey, his brother Brian and his sisters Judy and Liz.

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