A brother and sister will be laid to rest later this morning following a double drowning tragedy in Co. Kerry last week,
Father-of-two Dessie Byrne died trying to rescue his sister Muriel Eriksson when she got in to difficulty off Ballybunion beach in Co Kerry last Thursday.
Mr Byrne’s teenage son, who was on the beach at the time, is believed to have witnessed the tragedy.
Originally from Athlone, Mr Byrne and his wife, Paulette, had been living in the village of Lecarrow in Co Roscommon for more than 20 years.
His sister had been living in Malmo is Sweden.
Independent Councillor Laurence Fallon who knew Dessie Byrne says their deaths have had an enormous impact on the community: