Tragic sea accident claims the life of young father

A KILKENNY community is in shock and mourning following a tragic fishing accident that claimed the life of a young Tullaroan man.

A KILKENNY community is in shock and mourning following a tragic fishing accident that claimed the life of a young Tullaroan man.

Chris Murphy (32) was on an angling expedition in County Kerry, with a group of six friends. He lost his life when he fell into the sea off Culloo Rock on Valentia Island around 10.30pm on Thursday evening.

Eyewitnesses say he slipped on a piece of wet seaweed.

Frantic efforts were made to save him when he fell in, but he disappeared under the waves after 10 minutes. A rescue party was immediately scrambled, with Valentia Lifeboat searching the area until 3am.

At 6am, the search resumed, this time backed up by local volunteer divers. At lunchtime on Friday, a body was found.

The area is notable for a number of accidents in which anglers have lost their lives in recent times.

Engaged, and a father-of-one, Mr Murphy had lived in Liss, Tularoan – late of Cypress Green in Loughboy, Kilkenny. He will be lovingly remembered by his bride-to-be Fiona and his young son Cillian, his parents, Paddy and Teresa, sister Joanne, brother David, grandparents, Fiona’s parents John and Rose Hall and many other future brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, relatives and friends.

Mr Murphy’s funeral took place on Monday earlier this week. Funeral prayers were said before the removal to Tullaroan Church for a requiem mass, followed by the burial in Tullaroan Cemetery.