Tragic deaths

The heatwave that enveloped Ireland for nearly two weeks was a welcome relief for those who had endured a dull summer last year and a wet and cold winter.

The heatwave that enveloped Ireland for nearly two weeks was a welcome relief for those who had endured a dull summer last year and a wet and cold winter.

It was untypical weather that had us topping the temperature chart for much of Europe.

However it came at a heavy price with a harrowing number of deaths, most of them from drowning.

And we didn’t escape in this part of the country with the tragic death of Joe Grinsell on Saturday while swimming near his home at Ahenny, outside Carrick-on-Suir, while Clonmel native Conor Cunningham drowned in the sea off Donegal where his family moved many years ago.

That brought number of drownings to ten in the space of two weeks, leaving grief-stricken families throughout the country.

There were other deaths which may have been related to the weather, including a farm tragedy where a child fell off a haystack. It’s a sad tale and casts a sense of gloom over the country at a time when we should have been celebrating weather that so seldom visits our shores.

But in the midst of all the tragedy we can report on a good news story from the water this week with the rescue of a father and son on the Suir by Clonmel man Kevin Wall. His quick thinking saved two lives

Michael Heverin

Editor