Mr Martin Costigan, a native of Templetuohy, Thurles, Co Tipperary, was in the sea with his brother and friends at lunchtime yesterday at Scarborough Beach, which is close to Perth, when he was swept away by a freak wave.
Mr Costigan, a non-swimmer, was one of a highly respected farming family of eight children and played hurling and Gaelic football for his local GAA club, Moyne Templetuohy.
Mr Costigan’s body was later recovered near the Perth coastline.
Mr Costigan had been in Australia for only a couple of months and had returned home at Christmas to be with his family and friends. Mr Costigan’s brother, who presently resides in New York, is flying out to Perth today.
The deceased man’s father Mr Connie Costigan, is chairman of the local Co-Op and is a former chairman of the Moyne-Templetuohy GAA club.
Our deepest sympathies go to his family and friends.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.