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Funeral arrangements announced for tragic Ballybunion swimmers

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Funeral arrangements have been announced for the brother and sister who tragically died while swimming at Ballybunion beach in north Kerry.

Esmond ‘Dessie’ Byrne, 52, and his sister Muriel Eriksson, 62, died in Thursday afternoon’s incident.

The two siblings died after getting into trouble while swimming.

The holidaymakers had only arrived in Ballybunion days before the tragedy.

Mr Byrne’s teenage son was on the beach when the tragedy unfolded and he was treated for shock afterwards before being reunited with relatives.

Mr Byrne, originally from Athlone, has lived in Lecarrow in Roscommon for many years and worked as a carpenter and carpet fitter.

His older sister has been living in Malmö, Sweden for the last few years but has maintained very close ties to Ireland.

Ms Eriksson will rest next to her brother Dessie at his home in Roscommon on Monday evening from 4pm to 8pm before heading to St.

Mr Byrne will subsequently be buried in the local cemetery, while Ms Eriksson will be cremated at 4pm on Wednesday at Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan.

An obituary on RIP.ie said Ms Eriksson had “tragically died along with her brother Dessie”.

The message read: “Sadly missed by her heartbroken husband Kris, son John, daughter-in-law My, grandson Liam, brothers Kenny, Donal, Justin and Colm, sisters-in-law Maggie and Nong, Dessie’s partner Paulette, aunts Kathleen and Kay, Uncle John, Nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbors and his many good friends.”

Mr Byrne’s obituary said he “tragically died along with his sister Muriel”.

“Sadly missed by his heartbroken partner Paulette, sons Dean and Josh, Paulette’s daughter Regina and her sons Blake and Jace, brothers Kenny, Donal, Justin and Colm, brother-in-law Kris (Sweden), sisters-in-law Maggie and Nong, aunts Kathleen and Kay, Uncle John, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbors and his many good friends.”

“The Eriksson and Byrne families thank you for your support at this time.”

Gardaí will prepare a file for a coroner’s inquest in Kerry next year.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/funeral-arrangements-announced-for-tragic-ballybunion-swimmers-41893162.html Funeral arrangements announced for tragic Ballybunion swimmers

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